Election registration process of to a slow start

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07 September 2020 | Local News

Knowledge Ipinge; Constituency councillor; “The ECN should increase their teams and extend the registration process…”

Walvis Bay • [email protected]

The supplementary registration of voters commenced across the country ahead of the regional and local authority council elections slated for November 2020.

The process began on Monday, 7 September and will continue until 15 September.

Various registration centres opened their doors on Monday, with some scheduled to open their doors on Wednesday.

In Walvis Bay, both young and old turned up despite the cold and misty weather, to register to vote for the upcoming local and regional authority elections.

As is the case with every registration or election, technical errors do sometimes slip in.

The Walvis Bay urban constituency registration was off to a slow start after the fingerprint machines stalled the process at the town Social Club and at the De Duine Secondary School registration centre.

Residents had to wait in queues for almost three hours at both registration centres to complete the process in 30 minutes.
Knowledge Ipinge, urban constituency councillor who also registered on Monday, voiced his disappointment at the process.

“I was at the Social Club at 09:00 and only completed the process after lunch time. I saw many people turn away from the registration stations due to the lengthy process.”

He suggested that the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) increase the teams and lengthen the registration process.

“However, I encourage the public to come in numbers to vote for the change they want to see.”

Reports indicated that the process at the Medulethu Hall went smoothly.

According to Tracy Kaereho, the team leader at the hall, they did not experience any technical issues.

“However, with Covid-19, the way we operate is slightly different as we cannot allow too many people in the hall at the same time. Applicants needs to sign in and be sanitized when they enter the hall. The process takes a bit longer than usual. At around 16:00 we had registered about 50 people.”

The ECN said that to take part in the regional council and local authorities elections, you must be registered in the constituency in which you reside or the local authority area where you are registered as a voter.

To register for the local authority elections, eligible voters need to be a resident in a local authority area for 12 consecutive months or longer.

The registration points in Walvis Bay, Swakopmund and Henties Bay are as follows:

Walvis Bay urban:
Walvis Bay Social Club (7 – 10 September), Hosiana Parish Hall (11 – 15 September), Nakambale Church (7 – 9 September), Immanuel Ruiters Primary School (10 – 15 September), De Duine Secondary School (7 – 9 September), Municipal library (10 – 12 September), Anglican Church Urban (14 & 15 September), Naval Base (7 – 9 September), Marine Base (10 – 14 September) and open space outside hospital (15 September).

Walvis Bay rural:
Tutaleni Primary School (7 & 8 September), Narraville Primary School (09 – 11 September), Narraville Lutheran Church Hall (12 – 15 September), Kuisebmond Baptist Church (7 & 8 September), Methodist Church Kuisebmond (9 & 10 September), Assembly of God Church Kuisebmond (11 & 12 September), Pente Coastal Church Kuisebmond (14 &15 September), Gobabeb Research and Training Centre (8 September), Soutrivier (9 September), Klipnes (9 September), Swartbank (10 September), Rooibank (11 September), Ururas (10 September), JP Brandt Primary School (12 September), Rooikop Military Base (14 September) and Long Beach (15 September).

Swakopmund:
Meduletu Community Hall (7 – 9 September), Mahetago Hall (10 – 12 September), Tamariskia Primary School (14 & 15 September), DRC School, project and community centre (07 – 11 September), Swakopmund state hospital – outside (12 – 14 September), Kerklike Maatskaplike Raadsaal (7 & 8 September), Swakopmund Primary School (9 & 10 September), Namib Primary School (11 & 12 September), Westside High School (14 &15 September), Atlantic Junior Secondary School (7 & 8 September), Coastal High School Mondesa (9 – 11 September), Hanganeni Primary School (12 September), Moonlight Resort (14 September) and Rossmund Golf Course (15 September).

Arandis:
Arandis Community Hall (7 – 11 September), Arandis Rossing Foundation Boardroom (12 – 15 September), Henties Bay community hall (7 – 11 September), Henties Bay Golf Club (12 – 15 September), Bakondja Children and Youth Centre Henties Bay (7 – 10 September), Philadelphia Pre-Primary Henties Bay (11 – 15 September), Mile 108 (8 September), Cape Cross (9 & 10 September), Mile 72 (11 & 12 September), Omdel Dam (14 September) and Jakkalsputz (15 September).

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