by Clemans Miyanicwe

THE Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) has opened cases against two voters who allegedly took pictures of their ballot papers while voting.

The two allegedly distributed the photographs on social media.

Commissioner Titus Shikongo, police commander in the Omusati region, confirmed the incident yesterday.

He said the two individuals violated section 179 of the Electoral Act, which prohibits voters from taking pictures or video clips while in voting booths.

“Criminal cases have been registered and investigations are ongoing,” he said.

Shikongo said one of the incidents took place at Eunda Combined School in the Onesi constituency, and the other at Epato Combined School in the Otamanzi constituency.

He said voters have been discouraged from taking pictures of ballot papers while inside booths.

Namibian Sun on Wednesday reported that a voter was arrested at Omaruru in the Erongo region after he took a picture of himself voting.

A voter may be fined N$10 000 or sentenced to imprisonment for a period not exceeding two years, or to both on a first conviction.

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