Polling commences country wide / election updates

Photo: ECN

Polling stations opened as early as 7am and voting is expected to continue until 2100hrs today. Dr Paul John Isacks, the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) boss confirmed that most of the polling stations opened without hiccups.

He also told a state broadcaster that polling stations will not close if all people inside the polling stations have not voted. Counting of ballots will be done promptly after election closes and results correlation with every political party and the polling station will commence.

Results will be displayed outside the polling station then sent to constituency correlation centre before eventually being sent to the main results centre at ECN head office in Windhoek.

Results will be announced as they trickle in with the bulk of the results expected on Saturday. PJ Isacks gave confirmation to the state broadcaster NBC that elections are expected to proceed smoothly.

8:00am Update:

Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa Amadhila will add her balllot at Olympia polling station near the MTC Head Office between 9 and 9:30.  

President Hage Geingob has cast his ballot accompanied by his wife, Monica Geingos.

11:15 am

Updated from the Augastinium School Polling station:

Voting is characterised by apathy. The polling station shows little activity and interviews with a few people on site suggest that people are not in a hurry to poll early. The same situation is also characteristic of the mobile polling station near Peniyambeko Court in Khomasdal where a few polling officers and police officers could be seen manning the polling station, but there is very little in terms of activity.

The Chief polling officer Ericsson Nangolo at Augastinium School told the Villager that there were about 200 people in the morning polling and it seems the activity is slowing down with time. "We had more than 200 people in the morning, but it's now quiet, but so far so good", he said.

12:00 pm

Update from Olympia polling station next to MTC head office

The Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa Amadhila voted here this morning. Activity has subsided with Presiding Officer Maria Johannes saying, "Around 7 to 9 am we had more than 200 people casting their ballot because the activity was also hyped by the Prime Minister's vote", she said.

The polling station is also being professionally handled with polling officers going through their proceedings and assisting voters. There haven't been any incidences with the electronic voting machines and all is flowing well.