Khomas records low voter turnout

27 Nov 2015 23:30pm
WINDHOEK, 27 NOV (NAMPA) – Just before polling stations were supposed to close at 21h00 on Friday, there were still long queues at some points in Windhoek such as at the Augustinuem Secondary School and at Mix Settlement.
The Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) coordinator for Khomas Hendrik van Wyk told Nampa once the official closing time comes around and there are still people in the queues, the voting process would go on until those people are done voting.
“If there are long queues we have to finish with them even if its at 24h00 to allow everybody to vote,” he said.
Van Wyk said he is disappointed with the low voter turnout in his region for the Regional Council and Local Authority Elections.
He said very few voters showed up at most of the polling stations within Khomas, with the exception of the Samora Machel and Moses Garoeb constituencies.
At some polling stations quite a number of people voted in the morning, but the process slowed down between 12h00 and 15h00.
Van Wyk noted that two electronic voting machines (EVMs) had to be replaced at polling stations in the Moses Garoeb and Katutura Central constituencies as they fell and broke.
He explained: “When the voters went into the polling booth, instead of pressing the button they leaned on the machine and it fell. We had to replace them.”
With regard to the rural constituencies, the regional coordinator said it was very quiet.
“We are disappointed, the turnout was low and we did not expect it as we prepared well for these elections,” he stressed.
Van Wyk further commended the residents of the Khomas Region for rendering their full cooperation to ECN officials irrespective of factors such as the heat.