by Luqman Cloete

SWAPO presidential candidate Hage Geingob says opposition parties are already predicting their loss at the ballot box by crying foul over the use of EVMs ahead of the 27 November national elections.

Opposition parties have been complaining about the lack of a voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) from the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).

The EVMs will be used in the presidential and National Assembly elections slated for this month.

Addressing the party’s election campaign star rally on Friday at Mariental in the Hardap region, Geingob said it seems there is a tendency of finding fault with the EVMs.

The Swapo president said his party was unconcerned whether the ballet papers or the EVMs are used in the elections.

“It is not our machine (EVM) … we are ready for voting come election day,” he declared.

“By looking for excuses, they (opposition parties) have already predicted their loss (ahead of elections),” he added.

Geingob said he is confident his party will win the elections on 27 November, saying talks are that opposition parties now are focusing on slashing Swapo’s two-thirds majority in the National Assembly.

“A win is a win, whether 90%, 70% or 52%. We are going to govern this country,” he remarked.

Geingob took exception at what he labelled “uninformed opinion” referring to independent candidate Dr Panduleni Itula, who is a Swapo member contesting against the party’s presidential candidate for the presidency.

“It is confusing,” he stated.

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*This article was first published on 4 November 2019

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