THE Electoral commission of Namibia (ECN) has cautioned Namibians that some of the provisional results being circulated on social media for the special Presidential and National Assembly election held on Wednesday are false.
In a statement issued by Theo Mujoro, ECN Chief Electoral and Referenda Officer, said Wednesday’s elections went remarkably well and according to the Electoral Calendar Implementation Plan adopted by the commission.
With regard to the fake results Mujoro said tabulated results accompanied by pictures of two of the presidential candidates are false.
“The ECN did not collate any results and will not publish any election results until and unless such results are officially announced by Returning Officers as contemplated in Sections 109 and 110 of the Electoral Act. Act No 5 of 2014.”
With regards to actual election results Mujoro said the ECN will disseminate such results through official channels and at the same time he discouraged the electorate and the general public from trusting results shared on social media platforms due to the menace of fake news and misinformation.
Mujoro said the EN established 34 polling stations at the country’s foreign missions. He said all but two of the polling stations opened on time due to the late arrival of election materials. He said the voting process was conducted without any hiccups. He expressed his gratitude towards the polling staff who contributed to the successful conduct of the foreign voting process.
With regards to the voting process within the borders of Namibia he said that it too was successful despite a low turnout that was observed at some of the 154 polling stations across the 121 constituencies on Wednesday.
With the exception the late provision of voters lists at some polling stations, a problem with a ballot unit that fell from a table in the //Karas Region and some administrative errors in the handling election forms and Electronic Voting Machines no other no other serious challenges faced the presiding officers at polling stations.
Mujoro said all the issues were noted and will be addressed before 27 November in order to improve on the process.