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Posted on Thursday, 27 November 2014 15:44

Namibia goes for full electronic voting

By Konye Obaji Ori

File photo©ReutersNamibia will become the first African nation to use an electronic voting system, as it prepares to elect a new president and a record number of women in government.

Despite disapproval of the use of the electronic ballot from some political parties, Namibian Windhoek High Court ruled that e-ballots will be used.

According to reports, around 1.2 million Namibians are eligible to cast their ballots at nearly 4,000 electronic voting stations across the country.

While the use of e-ballots is a landmark in Namibia's history, some political parties argue that the use of the made in India e-ballots could make rigging even easier.

The e-ballots were introduced, the government says, to make Namibia's democracy more accessible.

Namibians will elect 96 candidates into the national assembly.

Nine presidential candidates, ranging from the left-wing Economic Freedom Fighters to the white minority Republican Party have been campaigning since January.

Some pundits say there is only one likely winner- the present Prime Minister, Hage Geingob of the ruling South West Africa People's Organisation (SWAPO).

SWAPO was forged from the embers of the anti-colonial and anti-apartheid struggle, and has won every election since Namibia's independence from South Africa in 1990.

Opposition parties have been unable to unseat SWAPO, as many Namibians remain sceptical about opposition parties and their motives.

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