By Hileni Nembwaya
As Namibia awaits the announcement of the 2019 general election results, the Ohangwena and Oshikoto regions are among the few regions that have completed the vote counting process.
According to Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) regional coordinator for the Oshikoto region, Helena Kapenda, all of the region’s 11 constituencies have completed the vote counting process and the results have been sent to Windhoek, where the announcement of results will take place.
Kapenda described the turnout of voters in Oshikoto as impressive, saying that long queues could be observed at most polling stations, with the youth making up the biggest number of voters.
“The election process in Oshikoto region went really well. People came out in numbers to cast their votes and I want to really thank all those who turned out to cast their votes. The voters were also well behaved,” she said.
No major hiccups were experienced in the region, apart from incidents of some voters jumping queues, resulting in quarrels at some polling stations.
Kapenda added that only slight technical errors were observed with the use of electronic voting machines (EVMs) at some polling stations, which led to some stations not opening on time.
The ECN regional coordinator for Ohangwena region, Andrew Nghidinua, told The Namibian the vote counting process in the region has been completed in all constituencies.
He said the election process went smoothly and it was conducted in a free and fair manner.
“All the constituencies are done with the vote counting process and the results have been sent to Windhoek for further processing. Long queues were observed at most polling stations,” he said.
Nghidinua said the EVMs were all functioning well and no technical errors were observed.
“No strange behaviours were observed from the voters and many of the voters were happy with the use of the EVMs because they do not take up much time when one is casting their votes,” he said.
Nghidinua further said no voters were turned away, especially those that came after the closing time at 21h00, saying that everyone was given a chance to exercise their democratic right by voting.
No incidents of violence were observed at polling stations in the two regions.