CORRECTION: Voter registration delayed in Koёs

16 Jan 2014 13:50pm
CORRECTION: REPLACING Koes with Koёs throughout story.
KOËS, 16 JAN (NAMPA) – The general registration of voters commenced countrywide on Wednesday, but no person received a voters card in the Koёs village on Wednesday.
At fault was a printer used to print the new voters’ cards.
The same problems were also experienced at Noordoewer, Aussenkehr and Keetmanshoop on the first day of voters' registration.
A technician was called in to fix the printer at Koёs, but even after ‘fixing’ it the problem persisted.
Registration officials from the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) then opted to register the voters, save their data and print the voters’ cards when the printer was fixed.
In response, the general voter registration coordinator for the ECN in the //Karas Region, Augustinus Ucham on Thursday confirmed all the technical problems.
He said that faulty printers were replaced to make sure the delays do not continue.
“I did not get any complaint today (Thursday) from anyone regarding the printers again, thus I assume all printers were fixed and everyone is back to work,” Ucham said.
He added that there are enough technicians and extra printers; therefore all the printers that had problems printing were attended to.
He used the opportunity to inform the residents of //Karas not to panic about such occasional technical errors, saying they are being attended to on time.
“I urge the community members to be patient with us and to show up in numbers to register, so that they do not have to do it at the last minute,” the regional ECN coordinator said.
The registration of voters will continue until 02 March in view of the Presidential and National Assembly elections set for November this year.