New push for paper trail

28 December 2018 | Local News

Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) leader McHenry Venaani has asked government to consider adopting an audited paper trail to complement the use of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in the country's elections.

Speaking recently at the memorial service of Petrus Iilonga, which was held at the Parliament Gardens, Venaani said it was time for a dialogue on the use of EVMs.

“EVMs should have a paper trail. We need to create a fair playing field,” Venaani said.

Namibia became the first African country to adopt the use of EVMs in its general elections in 2014. The use of EVMs has, however, been a contentious issue, particularly for the opposition who are against the use of these machines without a paper trail.

In June this year, Swapo parliamentarians defended the use of EVMs during a motion introduced by the Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) to have the use of the machines abolished.

Speaking in the National Assembly, RDP parliamentarian Mike Kavekotora called for the abolishment of the EVMs and the reintroduction of the manual ballot paper voting system.

“These machines are unreliable, untrustworthy and unsecure and they have in actual fact slowed down the voting, the counting process and the release of election results in Namibia,” he said.

According to Kavekotora, voters are unable to verify if their votes are allocated to the party for which they cast their ballots.

“Above all, EVMs lack evidence in case of a court challenge,” he said.

Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) chief election officer, Theo Mujoro, in a recent interview with Namibian Sun said that EVMs enhance the voting process and that the use of a paper trail would come with its problems.

“From our standpoint, the EVMs have really enhanced the voting process,” he said.

Mujoro also argued that there too many problems associated with the use of a voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) or verifiable paper record (VPR). Mujoro also argued that the kinds of problems faced in India may not be applicable in Namibia.

OGONE TLHAGE

Similar News

 

Leading with humility

1 day - 26 November 2021 | Local News

Jeanette Diergaardt Having been raised by the values imparted by her parents, Emilia Nghikembua leads her own path as a young CEO of the...

Rundu man who died at clinic had Covid

1 day - 26 November 2021 | Local News

Kenya Kambowe RUNDUThe 32-year-old man who took his last breath under a mango tree outside the Sauyemwa clinic last Thursday - after nurses allegedly refused...

NSFAF considers selling loan book

2 days ago - 25 November 2021 | Local News

OGONE TLHAGE WINDHOEKOver 130 000 Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) beneficiaries - some...

City asset register finally in place

2 days ago - 25 November 2021 | Local News

OGONE TLHAGE WINDHOEK The City of Windhoek says it has completed its asset register...

Invest in water and sanitation, Calle urges

2 days ago - 25 November 2021 | Local News

ELLANIE SMIT WINDHOEKThe Covid-19 pandemic has underscored the need for Africa to address...

12 700 Namibians unable to afford healthy diet

2 days ago - 25 November 2021 | Local News

ELLANIE SMIT WINDHOEKMore than 12 700 people, almost 0.51% of the Namibian population, cannot afford a healthy diet, while another 3 493...

Rundu man who died at clinic had Covid

2 days ago - 25 November 2021 | Local News

Kenya Kambowe RUNDUThe 32-year-old man took his last breath under a mango tree outside Sauyemwa clinic last Thursday - after nurses allegedly refused to attend...

Engineering body takes on Roads Authority

2 days ago - 25 November 2021 | Local News

OGONE TLHAGE WINDHOEK The Namibian Society of Engineers (NASE) is accusing the Roads...

Tsumeb finance manager still suspended

2 days ago - 25 November 2021 | Local News

Kenya Kambowe RUNDUThe disciplinary proceedings for suspended Tsumeb municipality finance manager, Karolina Damaseb, have been remanded to early February next year...

Omahogololo gelelo lyaVenduka taga ningwa oshiwike twa taalela

2 days ago - 25 November 2021 | Local News

JEMIMA BEUKESIPC a hala LPM nokukuthamo AR Swapo a hala okwiikutha mo momahogololoAR a popi kutya Itula okwa sa ondjala yeleloSkrywer gwoLPM a halika onga...

Latest News

'Kapana' records more international wins...

12 hours ago | Art and Entertainment

‘Kapana’, one of the Ombetja Yehinga Organisation (OYO)’s films, recently won Best Feature Film at the African Diaspora Cinema Festival in Florence (Italy) and Best...

Working hard to make things...

1 day - 26 November 2021 | Business

Johann van Rooyen Having been in the information and communications technology (ICT) business for longer than I remember, I’ve seen it all. Laptops filled with...

Telecom, CRAN reaches agreement...

1 day - 26 November 2021 | Economics

STAFF REPORTERThe Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN) and Telecom Namibia Limited reached a settlement agreement, closing a longstanding dispute on the legality of regulatory...

Investment trends in a decarbonised...

1 day - 26 November 2021 | Economics

PHILLEPUS UUSIKUEnvironmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) issues are material in determining the long run fundamentals of a business and bring about a different approach...

‘Unreliable’ Gustavo lied under oath...

1 day - 26 November 2021 | Justice

Staff Reporter WINDHOEKArguments in the bail application of Fishrot accused Ricardo Gustavo were finalised yesterday, with the State arguing that the Namgomar...

80% of Namibians unvaccinated as...

1 day - 26 November 2021 | Health

Henriette Lamprecht WINDHOEKNamibia is always concerned about the presence of viruses, in whatever form...

Good communicators often undervalued

1 day - 26 November 2021 | Business

Iréne-Mari van der WaltAfter starting his law degree before pursuing a career in broadcasting, Gernot De Klerk would eventually end up at Nedbank Namibia. He...

Grabbing life by the beans...

1 day - 26 November 2021 | Business

Desiree Gases Kalahari Coffee Cooperative was started in 2017 in Windhoek by Brian Wheeler. “We have a hand in every aspect of our coffee...

An excellent aid at GIPF

1 day - 26 November 2021 | Events

Wetumwene Shikage PULL QUOTE: “I know our departmental core objectives thoroughly and assist everyone else within our department to achieve their goals.”As an...

Load More