'Deceased' people attempt to vote

27 Nov 2015 16:40pm
WINDHOEK, 27 NOV (NAMPA) – Two people were prevented from voting in the capital after the voter cards they presented were declared invalid and the holders thereof described as deceased.
One such incident was recorded at the Moses Garoeb Project School polling station in the constituency of the same name.
The Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) presiding officer at that voting venue, Silas Ipumbu told Nampa on Friday the person’s card read ‘invalid’ when entered into the voters’ verification device (VVD), and the person’s name also did not appear on the voters’ roll.
He added that information from the Ministry of Home Affairs showed the person under that name is deceased.
A similar incident was recorded at the Otjomuise Woermann Brock Shopping Centre polling station.
ECN Presiding Officer there, Naftali Tomanga told Nampa on Friday that information on their VVD show the holder is “no more”.
He said the VVD displayed the message: “return voter card and refuse voter”.
“We have confiscated the card that belongs to a deceased person and the person attempting to use that card was sent back. He was not arrested. I have the card that I will present to my ECN returning officer, Petrus Ashipala,” he said.
Meanwhile, Presiding Officer for the Ministry of Health Clinic polling station, Ndeshihafela Nghikongelwa said they sent back about eight voters to the constituencies where they were registered.
ECN presiding officer of the Ramatex Main Entrance polling station, Venongapi Rukoro said a few people were sent back for not providing their voters’ cards, claiming that these were lost.
Rukoro said in that case, registered voters without voters’ cards are required to provide Namibian Police declarations, stating that their cards are lost.
Namibians are voting in the 2015 Regional Council and Local Authority Elections countrywide. Voting ends at 21h00.
(NAMPA)
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