Lack of proper shading not stopping elections in Zambezi

27 Nov 2015 18:00pm
KATIMA MULILO, 27 NOV (NAMPA) – The mobile polling station at the Chotto/UNAM Campus pitched under a tree has not yet hampered the voting process, the presiding officer there, Arthur Likando says.
“The heat is unbearable to work in but a tent will be provided to us to use in the few coming hours. The lack of proper shading at our point has not stopped us to conduct the elections.
“The voter turnout is constant, as people are coming in as individuals or in small groups,” Likando told Nampa on Friday.
Overall, the voting process for the 2015 Regional Council and Local Authority Elections are progressing well in the Zambezi Region.
Elections coordinator for the region, Alfred Mbukusa said that all fixed and mobile polling stations in the region started the process at exactly 07h00 without any irregularities or difficulties.
“The voting process is running smoothly, all teams were dispatched to their points on Thursday. The teams were provided with all necessary materials needed to conduct the elections,” he said.
There are a total of 42 902 registered voters for both regional and local council elections in the Zambezi Region. Katima Mulilo Urban Constituency is the most populated, with 12 543 registered voters, but only 5 828 are registered for the Local Authority Election.
Parties contesting the election are Swapo, DTA of Namibia and Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP), plus Linus Muchila, an independent candidate for the local authority seat.
The All People's Party (APP) is only contesting in the Katima Mulilo Urban Constituency, while National Democratic Party (NDP) candidate, Charles Mabuku is vying for a seat in the local authority council of Bukalo. Katima Alliance Development Association (KADA) is contesting for a Katima Mulilo Municipality seat.