Over 20 000 voters registered on Wednesday

18 Jan 2014 10:00am
WINDHOEK, 18 JAN (NAMPA) – A total of 25 945 eligible voters acquired voter registration cards countrywide on the first day of the General Registration of Voters (GRV) which commenced on Wednesday.
The Chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) Notemba Tjipueja announced this during a media briefing held in Windhoek on Friday.
The Omusati Region recorded the highest number of registered voters at 3 715, followed by the Khomas Region with 3 544 and Ohangwena Region with 3 341 registered voters.
The Oshana Region registered 2 924 voters; the Oshikoto Region 2 148 voters; the Erongo Region 1 818; the Otjozondjupa Region 1 627, the //Karas Region 1 187; the Zambezi Region 1 176; the Omaheke Region 1 013; and the Kunene Region 1 002 voters.
The Kavango West Region registered 893 voters, the Hardap Region 843, and the Kavango East Region 714 voters.
“We are happy that we have an instant tracking system which is able to indicate progress made on the number of voters registered,” Tjipueja said.
She noted that the biometric data capturing process is a precise and elaborate process as the system puts a high premium on the accurate capturing of data to ensure the accuracy of the information and ultimately, the integrity of the end-product which is the voters' register.
The ECN chairperson said there is a slight trade-off between speed and accuracy inherent in the system when precise steps are involved. These include the verification of required documents, the capturing of voters' data, taking of photographs, signature and fingerprints, the verification of captured voter data and finally, the issuing of the voters' cards.
“Comparing the speed of data capturing over the first two days, I am greatly encouraged at the improvement in the speed the registration officials are making,” Tjipueja said.
All registration points countrywide are open from 08h00 until 19h00 from Monday to Saturday, but will be closed on Sundays - except for the last Sunday (02 March), when the points will be open until 12h00.
The GRV process is expected to end on 02 March 2014.
The elections take place in November this year.