In a first for Africa, Namibians will cast their ballots electronically in this month’s presidential and legislative polls, the election commission said Friday. Over 1 million voters, or just about half of the nation’s 2.3 million people, are due to vote on November 28. “I think it’s a big achievement for Namibia and the African continent at large,” Nontemba Tjipueja, chairwoman of the Electoral Commission of Namibia told AFP. She said the voting machines, imported from India, will help improve accuracy, speed up counting, eliminate human interference and cut down on spoiled ballots. “Results will come through the same day just after the closing of the polls,” she said, adding that final results will be announced within 24 hours.
… The poll body is confident of a glitch-free vote having had dry runs of the machines in recent months at three local government special elections, including one in a district of Namibia’s capital Windhoek on Friday.
Despite previous fears of possible technical problems by some opposition groups, Tjipueja said all the political parties had agreed to the use of the touch screen machines.
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