The Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) is in need of hundreds of vehicles for the November regional and local authority elections, which has left the commission with little choice but to approach the private sector and individuals to avail whatever vehicles they have to avoid an election crisis.
The ECN’s director for operations Theo Mujoro yesterday informed New Era that they need at least 1040 vehicles for the entire elections.
“We have already received a number of vehicles within government. Some regions did not receive sufficient vehicles from the government departments.
In those cases, we will be using privately owned vehicles. We will engage private vehicle owners to use their vehicles against a certain rate. But everything is under control,” he said.
Mujoro said that reports were still being received from regional coordinators regarding the shortfalls.
The ECN, which for the past two weeks has been training staff on the conduct of fair, credible and transparent elections, will start the supplementary registration of voters on Wednesday. The process will run until August 22.
Mujoro said: “We are in the final stages of our preparations. The materials have been acquired in sufficient quantities. Some of them were dispatched last week. By Monday (today) all materials should be in the regions and constituencies, because on Tuesday we will deploy our teams to their respective duty stations to commence with the process on Wednesday.” When asked whether election materials such polling booths and chairs have already been acquired to avoid last-minute hitches as experienced in the past, Mujoro said there was still time for the ECN to sort out such logistics.
He added that their focus is to ensure a successful supplementary registration process across the country.
The exact date of the elections, he said, would be announced in due course.
A regional council consists of one member from each constituency in the region, elected by secret ballot. Every registered political party has the right to nominate a candidate to contest the election. The elected regional councillor represents the constituency in which he or she resides.
Local authority elections are held to elect councillors of a specific local authority area.