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Namibians to Vote Friday and Saturday

  • Peter Clottey

The Chief executive officer of elections in Namibia elections said all is set for the general elections scheduled for this Friday and Saturday.

The Chief executive officer of elections in Namibia elections said all is set for the general elections scheduled for this Friday and Saturday.

Moses Ndjarakana expressed confidence in the electoral body’s ability to organize a free and fair vote.

Namibia incumbent President Hifikepunye Pohamba (R) With Deceased Zambia President Patrick Levy Mwanawasa.

Namibia incumbent President Hifikepunye Pohamba (R) With Deceased Zambia President Patrick Levy Mwanawasa.

“All materials have been moved to all polling stations. We are prepared in terms of having about 995 polling stations and about 222 mobile ones countrywide….and we have deployed 11 thousand (electoral) officials (ahead of the elections),” he said.

Ndjarakana said the electoral body is cooperating with both local and international observers to ensure a credible election.

“The observers, international and national, are on the ground from all over the world. The African Union, the Pan-African Parliament, the SADC (Southern African Development Community) Electoral Forum and so forth,” Ndjarakana said.

He denied that alleged unresolved irregularities in the voter register will undermine the credibility of the vote.

“Our register has been deployed as a provisional register. There have been periods in terms of our law for objections for any irregularities that might appear on that register. That period has passed and those objections have been dealt with, and we don’t know of any irregularities that appear on that register,” he said.

But Phil Ya Nangoloh, executive director of Namibia’s National Society of Human Rights said he is mounting a legal challenge against what he said are blatant abnormalities in the voter register.

“We have discovered there are quite a lot of people who are on the voter’s role who are not entitled to vote… the voter’s role contains hundreds of deceased persons. That means that it has not been updated during the last five years (and) this is a violation of the law,” Nangoloh said.

Meanwhile political observers tip incumbent President Hifikepunye Pohamba and his ruling South West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO) to return to power despite a tough challenge from a new breakaway party and the opposition.

Ndjarakana also said final results of both the presidential and parliamentary elections should be expected by next Tuesday.

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