31 May 2013 04:20
GROOTFONTEIN, 31 MAY (NAMPA) - The Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) official who died on Thursday morning in a motor-vehicle crash while on official duty in Grootfontein has been identified as Floris Farmer, 57.
Otjozondjupa Regional Police Commander, Commissioner Joseph Anghuwo told Nampa on Friday that Farmer died after the vehicle he was driving collided head-on with a heavy-duty truck.
The accident happened at about 04h00 on Thursday, approximately 15 kilometres south of Grootfontein on the road to Otavi.
Anghuwo said it has been alleged that the truck, which was coming from the direction of Otavi, swerved into the right-hand lane, causing a strong-impact collision with the oncoming ECN vehicle.
The truck driver and an ECN official who was a passenger in Farmer?s vehicle were both rushed to the Grootfontein State Hospital for medical attention on that same Thursday.
They sustained some injuries, but were reportedly in a stable condition on Friday.
Police investigations continue.
ECN Director Moses Ndjarakana told this agency that the late Farmer was one of the ECN?s longest-serving staff members.
Farmer was head of the election body?s Logistics section.
?We have lost a long-serving and dedicated staff member. He was on his way with a colleague on routine visits to some polling stations on the farms around Grootfontein,? explained Ndjarakana.
He said Farmer?s remains will be transferred from the Grootfontein State Hospital mortuary to the Otjiwarongo State Hospital for an autopsy.
?After the autopsy, his remains will be taken to Windhoek for the family?s decision on funeral arrangements,? the ECN Director added.
All the funeral costs as well as costs for the transportation of the deceased will be paid for by the ECN since Farmer died on duty and away from his duty station in Windhoek, noted Ndjarakana.
Funeral arrangements will be announced in due course.