Namibia: Khomasdal By-Election Commences Sluggishly

WINDHOEK - The by-elections for the position of Khomasdal Constituency Councillor kicked off with a low turn-out on Wednesday morning.

Only a handful of voters had turned up at various polling stations by 08h00, despite the stations having opened an hour eaelier.

Nampa visited seven polling stations in the Khomasdal Constituency and the only polling station that recorded a high number of voters was Augustinium polling station, where four people had voted by 08h15.

Presiding officer, Negumbo Benjamin, said things were going smoothly except for having to turn away a voter from a different constituency.

"The gentlemen voter card shows that he is from Windhoek West constituency, and we even checked with Electoral Commission of Namibia Head Office and it shows that he is from that side," said Benjamin.

Other polling stations were Acacia High School, which had recorded one vote by 08h00, Gammams Primary School with two, and the Mao Zedong High School in Otjomuise, where the presiding officer could not provide the exact number of voters that had cast their votes, conceding only that they were few.

The by-election was necessitated by the resignation of former councillor, Margaret Mensah-Williams, last year. - Nampa.

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