Ballot papers for Karibib constituency to be reprinted

Anomaly resolved

22 November 2020 | Local News

Theo Mujoro; Chief electoral officer; “The ECN is currently looking into this matter…”

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The chief electoral and referenda officer of the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN), Theo Mujoro, has told political parties and candidates contesting the regional council elections for the Karibib Constituency that ballot papers for the constituency will be reprinted.

In a media statement released by the ECN, Mujoro said that the Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) candidate, whose details appear on the current ballot papers for the Karibib Constituency, was unlawfully nominated.

“The ECN is currently looking into this matter and will take appropriate steps within the confines of the Electoral Act to deal with the issue and the individuals concerned,” he said.

Ballot papers for the Windhoek West, Karibib, Otavi, Matako and Otjombinde constituencies also need to be reprinted for various other reasons.

Mujoro said that the ECN will ensure that all the necessary security measures are put in place to uphold the integrity of the printing and subsequent delivery of the ballot papers.

“All affected political parties and candidates will once more be accorded an opportunity to sign-off the sample ballot papers before the final print,” he said.

The chairperson of the ECN, Advocate Notemba Tjipueja, welcomed an announcement by president Hage Geingob that 25 November will be a public holiday.

The 2020 regional council and local authority elections will take place on that date.

Tjipueja said that the commission trusts that this will enable eligible voters who may not be in their constituencies where they are registered as voters, to return to their constituencies to vote.

“This will increase voter participation as voters will exercise their constitutional right to vote. We urge every eligible Namibian voter to go out in large numbers to the polling points on 25 November, to cast their vote.”

Voters who are employed as returning officers, presiding officers, counting officers and police officers, may cast their vote on 23 November, which is a special voting day.

“Only these officials are authorised by the ECN to vote during the special voting day,” she said.

The authorisation for a special voting day was made through the provisions of section 98 (2) of the Electoral Act (5 of 2014).

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