By Tuyeimo Haidula

ALL SYSTEMS GO … People line up outside the Gabriel Taapopi Senior Secondary School as they wait for the polling station to open so they can cast their votes. Photos: Tuyeimo Haidula

ALTHOUGH all the political parties partaking in the elections were invited to send officials to observe at every polling station during today’s elections, at most polling stations in Oshana, only the Swapo Party was fully represented.

Presiding officer at the Leo Shoopala polling station in the Oshakati West constituency, David Shikomba, said only the ruling party’s officials had turned up as well as those of the Popular Democratic Movement and Rally for Democracy and Progress.
Shikomba said they started at 05h30 to test the EVMs but had to wait for all the parties’ agents to show up so that they can test the machines together.
“But other parties’ agents didn’t show up, so we had to just continue with those who came,” he said.
Shikomba said the process has since been a smooth one although they started voting ten minutes late.
“The queue is long but we are determined to finish it. There has been no chaos so the process is moving quite fast,” he said.

At the Gabriel Taapopi Senior Secondary School polling station in Ongwediva, only Swapo is represented by two agents. Independent candidate has one, PDM one and Republican Party one.
At Mweshipandeka High School polling station, Independent candidate had one observer, ruling party two, as well as an observer from the Electoral Commison of Namibia and one from PDM. The rest of the parties are not represented.
Some polling stations do not have observers from ECN.

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