by Adam Hartman

McHenry Venaani (far right) during a rally at Swakopmund.

POPULAR Democratic Movement (PDM) presidential candidate McHenry Venaani on Saturday accused Swapo of lying about the missing electronic voting machines (EVMs), and deceiving Namibians about its support base during a rally at Swakopmund.

Last Thursday, justice minister Sacky Shanghala said the four EVMs which reportedly went missing while in the hands of the ruling Swapo Party got lost after they “fell from the trailer” in which they were being transported.

The Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) loaned the EVMs to Swapo in 2017 for the purpose of conducting the Swapo Party Elders’ Council elections. The EVMs were never returned to the ECN.

“In the year of accountability, Swapo is lying again. It is getting boring. Now, they say the EVMs fell from a trailer. Who puts EVMs on a trailer? An EVM is not a goat!” Venaani told supporters.

He called the ‘excuse’ a lie, and said Swapo cannot be trusted.

“We know these machines can be hijacked and hacked, and now they put them on a trailer,” he said, continuing with the premised suspicion that the EVMs were stolen.

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*This article was first published on 28 October 2019

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