Friday, January 17, 2014

Namibia: Voter registration delays in some villages

THE general registration of voters commenced countrywide on Wednesday, but no person received a voters’ card in the Koes village on the day. At fault was a malfunctioning printer used to print the new voters’ cards.The same problems were also experienced at Noordoewer, Aussenkehr and Keetmanshoop on the first day of the voters’ registration.

A technician was called in to fix the printer at Koes, 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 their cards after the printer was repaired. In response, the general voter registration coordinator for the ECN in the //Karas Region, Augustinus Ucham confirmed all the technical problems yesterday, saying that faulty printers were replaced to make sure the delays would 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 2 March in view of the Presidential and National Assembly elections set for November this year.

Source: The Namibian

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