Independent presidential candidate Panduleni Itula is challenging the Electoral Commission of Namibia’s planned use of the electronic voting machines in the upcoming elections.

SAKEUS IIKELA

THE Electoral Tribunal for the Windhoek district will on Monday decide whether to block the use of the electronic voting machines (EVMs) in the upcoming presidential and National Assembly elections.

Magistrate Uatjo Uanivi yesterday reserved his judgement in a case in which independent presidential candidate Panduleni Itula is challenging the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN)’s planned use of the EVMs in the upcoming elections after hearing oral arguments from both parties.

The judgement will be delivered on Monday next week, two days before the elections.

This is just two days before the holding of the presidential and National Assembly elections on Wednesday, 27 November.

The ECN has on numerous occasions maintained that the EVMs will be used at next week’s elections, despite mistrust from some members of the public, opposition parties and candidates participating in the elections.

Itula, who was represented by lawyer Henry Shimutwikeni, wants the Electoral Tribunal to order the ECN not to use EVMs in the upcoming presidential and National Assembly elections.

In his affidavit, he stated that reports of missing EVMs cast doubt on the credibility of the elections.

Read more in The Namibian today.

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