Polls open in Namibia’s general elections

November 28, 2014 6:39 am
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Fingerprint identification system machines prepared for voting in Namibia/XINHUA
Fingerprint identification system machines prepared for voting in Namibia/XINHUA
WINDHOEK, Nov 28 – Voting began Friday in Namibia’s presidential and legislative elections, in a vote that is expected to see liberation party the South West People’s Organisation (SWAPO) retain power.

Voters at Katutura township, outside the capital Windhoek, formed long lines before daybreak, including some first time “born free” voters – those born after independence in 1990.

“It’s a rich country with poor people, so I hope there is more balance,” said 43-year-old Elias while waiting to cast his vote.

Polls opened at 7am local time (0500 GMT) and close around 14 hours later in the latest closing stations.

The country’s fifth election since independence is billed as first e-vote in Africa, with 1.2 million people expected to cast their ballots electronically.

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