Voting ‘boring’ at some places in //Karas

27 Nov 2015 13:20pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 27 NOV (NAMPA) – By 11h00 Friday morning, a deafening silence could be felt at the Keetmanshoop State Hospital polling station for Keetmanshoop Rural Constituency.
Not a single voter was in sight.
By that time, a mere 24 of the 5 402 registered voters of that constituency had cast their votes.
Swapo party agent, Maria Undjondjo described the situation as “quite boring”.
Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) Presiding Officer, Charles Josob said those who had voted are hospital staff and Krönlein residents.
A similar scene was observed at the Teacher’s Resource Centre (TRC) polling station, also in Keetmanshoop Rural.
Polling officers sat quietly behind their well-organised equipment, patiently waiting for voters. The flies of southern Namibia were all one could hear.
Presiding Officer, Rochelle Farmer said the hour after opening at 07h00 was very busy but numbers dwindled afterwards.
The last count of voters at that point was 165.
Keetmanshoop Rural Constituency includes Krönlein in Keetmanshoop, Aroab, Köes, Naute Dam and some farms.
At around lunchtime, Returning Officer for the constituency, Rosalin Keramin said grape farm, Naute, had recorded 12 votes.
“It is the last Friday of the month and most workers have left for town (Keetmanshoop). We think they will be back in the afternoon to vote,” she told Nampa via telephone.
Two Swapo party agents at the TRC, the only party represented there, said besides the lack of voters, no other complaints could be lodged.
Simon Tjimi and John Munkatje said they were hopeful that voters would arrive eventually, as there was still enough time to vote. Polling stations close at 21h00 Friday.
“Maybe they are in town now and think they will come once the others have voted,” Tjimi said.
Keetmanshoop Rural Constituency has eight fixed voting points and six mobile teams.
A total of 5 402 voters are registered for the constituency.
//Karas Region has 48 873 registered voters and 87 polling teams.