Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Namibia: Electoral Commission says voter's roll will be complete in May

The Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN), which just concluded a 41-day general voter’s registration on Sunday, says it will have a fresh voters’ register ready in two months time. This was said by the ECN’s acting director of elections, Theo Mujoro, yesterday when he announced the end of the 3rd general voters’ registration.“The ECN will be carrying out a number of important activities relating to the preparation of the provisional voters’ register which will be displayed for possible objections during the period April 3 – 15,” said Mujoro.

He continued: “One May 27 will publish a notice in the gazette about the availability of the final voters’ register.”Mujoro said during the period March 3 – 9, the ECN will be receiving voter registration data from all 121 constituencies as well as from the country’s foreign missions abroad. It will also be “uploading voters’ data on [its] central servers at [its] headquarters; running Automatic Fingerprint identification System (AFIS).” This, he says, will identify and remove any duplicates from the provisional voters’ register.

During the same period the election body will be executing data integrity and quality checks. Before the gazetting of the new register on May 27, all registered Namibians who died before or on 26 May will be automatically be removed from the register with the assistance of the Ministry of Home Affairs. On those who will pass on after that day, Mujoro explained: “You must keep in mind that we have a supplementary voters’ registration and with this we go through the whole process again.”The supplementary voters’ registration is expected to take place before this year’s general elections and Mujoro urged all those who did not register yet, to do so then.

Source: Namibian Sun

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