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Namibian election chief apologizes for results delay

English.news.cn   2014-12-01 07:46:51            

WINDHOEK, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) -- Director of the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) Prof. Paul Isaak was forced late Sunday to apologize to the Namibian nation for the delay in releasing final results of the one-day National Assembly and Presidential elections held Friday.

The electoral body had promised to release the election results within 24 hours of the end of the elections initially scheduled at 21 p.m. local time Friday.

However some polling stations remained open until Saturday morning, and the ECN then promised to release the results by Sunday morning.

But by late Sunday evening only 30 percent of the votes had been counted, verified and released.

In an interview with the national broadcaster, NBC, the ECN chief said he was sorry for the delay in releasing the final results.

The director said all the results from the country's 121 constituencies had been received at the results center, but a painstaking verification exercise had caused delay in releasing the final results.

"We are in the process of reconciling the election results and if we see that clarity is needed we will go to the particular officials," Isaak told the NBC.

The final results are now only expected Monday.

According to Election Watch Namibia, many of the forms submitted (faxed) to the results center in Windhoek from constituency centers contained errors - mostly calculation errors.

"Therefore ECN had to insist that constituency centers also send through print outs from EVM tabulators as well as handwritten papers for checking. This is what has taken time," Election Watch Namibia said quoting an unnamed senior ECN official.

"Papers have been sent back and forth between Windhoek and various centers. ECN will work through the night to ensure every result is verified."

Namibia went to the polls on Friday to elect the country's third president after independence from South Africa in 1990 as well as 96 members of parliament.

The elections marked the first time that the country had used electronic voting machines sourced from India.

Preliminary results show that the ruling Swapo party and its presidential candidate are heading for a landslide victory.

Editor: Mioh Song
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