INDEPENDENT presidential candidate, Dr. Panduleni Itula’s, bid in court to force the Electoral Commission of Namibia to abandon the use of Electronic Voting Machines in the Presidential and National Assembly elections on Wednesday has been dismissed with costs.
While handing down his ruling on the application Magistrate Uuatjo Uanivi said the tribunal, to which the application was brought does not have the necessary jurisdiction to impose restrictions on the ECN with regards to the use of EVM’s.
In the application brought before Magistrate Uanivi almost a week ago, the independent presidential candidate stated that reports of missing EVMs cast doubt on the credibility of the elections.
Dr. Itula also demanded that EVMs be removed from the electoral process, that the ECN must be ordered to implement the voters verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) to function simultaneously and in conjunction with the EVMs, or to deploy competent technicians to each polling station for verification if the EVMs are to be used during the election process. In his bid he further demanded that the ECN to go back to the manual system of voting with ballot papers.
Magistrate Uanivi further ruled that the matter did not constitute any urgency before dismissing the matter with costs to the applicant.
After the ruling was handed down in the Katutura Magistrate’s Court, a handful supporters of the independent presidential candidate demonstrated in the street outside the building to express their dismay with the judge’s decision.