Man arrested for disturbance at registration point

28 Jan 2014 15:30pm
OTJIWARONGO, 28 JAN (NAMPA) - A 29-year-old man was arrested at the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) voter registration point in Otjiwarongo’s DRC informal settlement after he allegedly forced his way into the hall on Monday.
More than 200 eligible voters had apparently queued up earlier than the accused man at the voter registration point in DRC on Monday morning.
An eyewitness who spoke to Nampa on condition of anonymity on Tuesday said the man had walked to the registration point and had been waiting in the queue for less than an hour when the incident occurred.
At about 08h30 the man allegedly started to push people who stood in front of him out of the way until he reached the front of the line.
“This angered the majority of us who arrived here earlier than him, and we reported him to a police officer who was on duty,” the eyewitness said.
The police officer asked the man to return to his place in the queue but he reportedly refused to listen to the officer and insisted that he wanted to be registered for his voters’ card.
According to the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Otjozondjupa Regional Public Relations Officer, Sergeant Maureen Mbeha, the constable who was at the centre then called the Otjiwarongo Police Station for backup.
Mbeha said a senior police officer was dispatched to the centre to assist the constable as the man was allegedly turning violent.
He was apprehended for contravening the ECN Act No 24 of 1992, which prohibits interference with ECN activities at voter registration points.
“We also charged him with interfering with the duties of a police officer, as well as failing to co-operate with a law enforcement agent on duty,” Mbeha noted.
The accused man is set to appear in the Otjiwarongo Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.
Police investigations into the matter continue.