ECN needs 69 vehicles in Kunene for today’s polls

27 November 2019 | Politics

NAMPA



By Monday the Kunene Region still needed 69 more vehicles to efficiently conduct today’s presidential and National Assembly elections.

The Electoral Commission of Namibia’s Kunene regional coordinator, Gideon Gurirab, told Nampa on Monday that members of the community initially were keen to rent out their cars when the commission announced that it needed more vehicles, but lost interest when they heard how much the ECN could pay.

He said they would have to plan how to use the vehicles at their disposal while waiting for private individuals to offer assistance.

The region had received 62 vehicles from the government but needed 69 more for transporting ECN teams and equipment, he said.

Gurirab called on citizens with suitable vehicles to assist the ECN in the transportation of personnel and voting equipment.

“Community members in the region should be compatriots and avail their vehicles to be used for a noble cause,” he said.

Gurirab said besides transport, everything else was in place for the elections.

“We are ready. The preparation training was completed for polling and returning officers, and sensitive materials that include the ink, as well as the electronic voting machines (EVMs), have arrived in the region,” he said.

He added that they had the required number of EVMs and personnel to conduct a successful election.

The Kunene Region has 152 ECN teams. Ninety-six of these teams, which are divided into 62 mobile teams and 34 fixed polling stations, will cover Kunene North, which includes the Epupa, Opuwo Urban, Opuwo Rural and Sesfontein constituencies.

Fifty-six teams - 36 mobile and 20 fixed polling stations - will be deployed in Kunene South, which consists of the Khorixas, Outjo and Kamanjab constituencies.

Two Defence Force helicopters will be used to cover the hard-to-reach areas in Kunene North.

A total of 921 polling and returning officers will be working in the region’s seven constituencies.

The first teams were sent out yesterday.

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