Voters turned away at Walvis Bay

27 Nov 2015 15:20pm
WALVIS BAY, 27 NOV (NAMPA) - Five voters registered in the Swakopmund Constituency were sent away from polling stations in Walvis Bay where they went to vote.
These people were directed to vote in Swakopmund.
The other hiccup experienced thus far is a few people struggling to operate the electronic voting machines (EVMs) in Walvis Bay.
These scenarios could mean voter education is still needed.
In general, the voting process is very slow at Walvis Bay with most polling stations empty, while others have less than 10 people queuing.
By 11h00, 639 people had cast their votes in the Regional Council and Local Authority Elections.
Residents here seem to be in a holiday mood, as several were seen walking around in the streets, with a few drinking outside their houses.
Presiding officers said they expect more people to turn up at the polling stations from 14h00 as some will be off for lunch and others return from work.
Meanwhile, the Electoral Commission of Namibia’s (ECN) Returning Officer for Walvis Rural, Victoria Elikana said voting venues opened on time at 07h00 with no technical problems or delays.
All polling stations will close at 21h00 before the counting of results starts.
The provisional results will be posted at each venue immediately after the counting.
There are seven constituencies, 74 fixed polling stations and 41 mobile teams in Erongo.
A total 106 246 registered voters are expected to vote.