THE voter apathy experienced during the recent Ondangwa-Urban constituency by-election in the Oshana Region has once again reared its head, this time in the Oshakati-East by-election currently under way.
Five political party candidates and an independent candidate are vying for the constituency’s top political office left vacant when councillor Lot Kuushomwa passed away three months ago.
Informanté spoke to a number of representatives of participating parties who expressed happiness with the orderly and peaceful run of the campaign, but who expressed concern about the voter turnout so far.
The constituency has more than 18 000 registered voters.
All the 21 polling stations opened on time but the turn up was so poor this morning that ECN officials had to use the NBC Oshiwambo radio to plead with the registered voters to “please go to the nearest polling station” to cast their votes.
“I am happy with the orderly manner things are going, but the turn up is low,” said PDM candidate Teophilus Kamati after casting his ballot at the Omandengu Community Hall.
CoD acting president Vaino Amuthenu said the low turnout was to be expected given the reservation people have on the use of the EVMs (Electronic Voting Machines).
The by election is also taking place at a time when two other major events – the Ongwediva Annual Trade Fair and the Olufuko Cultural Festival – are ongoing, forcing some potential voters to either go and vote or go and do business.