ECN ready for supplementary voters’ registration: Tjipueja

04 Jul 2019 14:50pm
WINDHOEK, 04 JUL (NAMPA) – Chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN), Advocate Notemba Tjipueja said ECN is ready for the supplementary voters’ registration that is scheduled to take place from 08-27 July.
Speaking here at a media briefing on Thursday, Tjipueja said the ECN completed the recruitment exercise of all regional managers, supervisors, regional logistics officers and registration officials and all their trainings were done successfully.
“I am delighted to confirm that the ECN has successfully recruited a total number of 4 488 registration officials from which 671 teams were composed to serve 4 069 registration points spread over 14 regions and 121 constituencies countrywide,” she said.
She said those recruited are from the unemployed youth with appropriate qualifications and other people with electoral experience.
“I am happy to inform the Namibian nation that for the first time in our electoral history, no single government official was recruited during this process, except for foreign mission staff, who are obliged by our Electoral Law to assist in providing services for registration and polling at all Namibian foreign missions,” she said.
The chairperson said in-country registration materials have been dispatched to their respective regions as well as the registration materials for the 34 diplomatic missions.
Tjipueja added that the regional logistics stores are already operational, registration venues identified, verified and secure in all 121 constituencies and deployment of registration teams is expected to take place on Saturday and Sunday.
However, she noted that the ECN required 856 vehicles to be assigned to the registration officials but only managed to acquire 712 vehicles from the government, with the shortfall having to be acquired elsewhere.
“Although transport is a challenge it is worth mentioning that all regional management teams have received vehicles and are already in the field preparing for the commencement of the registration process,” said Tjipueja.
ECN meanwhile has developed plan B, which is to contract private citizens with suitable vehicles to assist in transporting of personnel and registration materials.
“With regard to the specialised transport requirements, the ECN managed to secure five trucks and two helicopters. In addition, the Zambezi Regional Council has committed two boats in the flood prone areas of the region,” she noted.
Tjipueja said the helicopters are to be used in certain areas of Kunene where road infrastructure almost does not exist.