Three Angolans arrested for illegally obtaining voters' cards

26 Jan 2014 11:30am
KATWITWI, 26 JAN (NAMPA) - The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) have arrested three Angolan men for illegally obtaining Namibian voters’ cards.
The incident happened at the Katwitwi Primary School in the Kavango West Region last Wednesday.
NamPol’s Crime Investigations’ Coordinator in the two Kavango regions, Deputy Commissioner Willie Bampton told Nampa on Sunday the three entered Namibia with day passes at the Katwitwi border post and went to the Katwitiwi Primary School registration point to register as voters.
The Angolan citizens successfully obtained voters’ cards, but were spotted by a police inspector at Katwitwi, who identified them as Angolan citizens.
Bampton said the suspects - aged 27 and 28 - successfully registered and obtained Namibian voters’ cards, using church baptism certificates obtained from a church in Namibia.
The name of the church could not be established by this reporter.
The three suspects, whose names are known but cannot be revealed at this stage, are expected to appear in the Rundu Magistrate’s Court on Monday on charges of violating Section 96 of the Electoral Act no. 24 of 1992.
The Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) Coordinator in the Kavango West Region Benjamin Makayi confirmed the incident to this agency, but refused to divulge any more information, because the incident is still under investigation.
Several opposition political parties in the country have expressed concern over the possibility of Angolans registering as eligible voters due to their daily influx into Namibia to access services and goods.