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Voter register's objections period extended

Thu, 17 April 2014 17:19
News Flash

 The Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) has extended the length of
period in which citizens may view the provisional voters register and
raise their objections.

The objections period was extended by another 15 days to 30 April this
year. The initial period was from 03 April to 15 April 2014.

Acting Elections Director, Theo Mujoro issued a media statement late
Wednesday, saying the ECN has received numerous requests from certain
political parties and individuals who observed that the period for
objections was too short for them to properly inspect the provisional
voters register.

The display of the provisional voters' register is provided for in the
electoral law to afford an opportunity to registered political parties
and all registered voters to inspect the provisional voters register
so that they can ascertain the veracity of the voters' detail or lodge
objections against any voter who is believed to have been unlawfully

"All legal requirements will be adhered to, and the relevant
administrative arrangements will be put in place to ensure a smooth
inspection process. In light of the additional time for inspection on
the provisional voters register, the final voters register will become
available on 16 June 2014 and will be gazetted," Mujoro explained.

He also noted that the ECN has made available hard copies of the
provisional voter's registers at all constituencies and local
authorities as required by the Electoral Act.

"In addition, he said, the ECN also made available electronic copies
of the same register in PDF format to all political parties and
associations. This was done to facilitate easier access to the
register without having to print large volumes of paper," said Mujoro.

The PDF format is an internationally recognised standard security
feature used as a necessary precaution to protect electronic
documents, which are open to the public against possible manipulation.
He said the ECN has also received requests from certain political
parties to unencrypt the PDF files so that they may create their own
databases of the voter register.

"The ECN is the sole exclusive authority in terms of the Electoral
Act, which is mandated to collect voters' data in order to create and
maintain credible voters' registers. This request will thus not be
entertained," said Mujoro.

Namibians will be going to the polls towards the end of this year to
vote for the country's President and Members of the National Assembly.