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  • on 27.11.2014
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Namibia to be Africa’s first to use e-voting 0

In a first for Africa, Namibians will cast their ballots electronically in this month’s presidential and legislative polls.

Over 1 million voters, or just about half of the nation’s 2.3 million people, are due to vote on Friday. Chairwoman of the Electoral Commission of Namibia, Nontemba Tjipueja, said the voting machines, imported from India, will help improve accuracy, speed up counting, eliminate human interference and cut down on spoiled ballots.

Results will come through the same day just after the closing of the polls and the final results will be announced within 24 hours. In previous elections results took up to five days to be released. Tjipueja said all the political parties had agreed to the use of the touch screen machines.

There are nine presidential hopefuls, but the real race will be between the ruling South West Africa People’s Organisation (SWAPO) party candidate Hage Geingob, and the main opposition leader Hidipo Hamutenya of the Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP). President Hifikepunye Pohamba is not eligible to seek re-election as he has served the limit of two-five year terms.

See video at: Vox Africa

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