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Last minutes registration is a disease- Shivute

Maria David
ELECTORAL Commission of Namibia (ECN) assistant coordinator, Tusnelde Shivute, said although there were long queues during the supplementary registration at some point, they managed to registered about 250 000 voters countrywide.
Shivute made the remarks during the ECN post supplementary registration of voters’ stakeholders consultative meeting held on Tuesday in Oshakati, saying a lot of people turned up for the registration.
However, she expressed dismay over the fact that many people like turning up on last minutes, which she says is a disease which need to be cursed.

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“Let us uproot it together as stakeholders by educating our people for them to stop waiting up to the last minute,” said Shivute, adding that all in all the registration process was a success due to the role played by everyone.
Shivute stated that ECN targeted 280 000 voters during the Supplementary Registration of Voters (SRV) that took place from the 8 to 27 July this year.
However, the ECN managed to register just over 200 000 voters countrywide of which Oshana registered over 22 000 voters. Currently the provisional voters roll stands at 1.2 million voters which, Shivute says more than half of the country’s population.
Shivute urged everyone that was present at the meeting to inform the registered voters in their community to go and check whether their names are there in the voters roll and whether all their personal details are correct.
“If we know of a certain registered voter who is not eligible voter, it will then be the right time to alert the person who is responsible with displaying the voters roll at that venue, so that he/she can complete the necessary form,” said Shivute.
Provisional Voters Roll is expected to be displayed in all constituencies from 2 to 6 September

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