Although there were no major hiccups experienced at all seven polling stations in Otjozondjupa yesterday, where special voting opened for polling officials and police officers before Friday, the voting process was tremendously slow.
Seven constituencies are being contested in the regional council elections in Otjozondjupa, namely Grootfontein, Okahandja, Okakarara, Omatako, Otavi, Otjiwarongo and Tsumkwe.
At each constituency, there is only one polling station. When New Era visited the Swaneveldersaal polling station in Otjiwarongo yesterday morning, an hour passed easily without any voters approaching the polling booth.
Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) regional coordinator for Otjozondjupa Faith Matladi said yesterday that there have been no problems at the seven polling stations. She said the polling stations opened on time at around 09h00 and would only close at 19h00.
“The process started well. We did not experience any problems. Election materials arrived on time and we also started on time,” she said.
Matladi explained that the special elections are meant only for polling officials and police officers, who will not get an opportunity to cast their votes on Friday, as they will be performing duties on election day.
She could, however, not provide any preliminary results, as she is yet to compile the statistics from all seven polling stations when they close at 19h00.