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Live Blog-16-12-2009

Citing “serious irregularities” nine of the political parties that contested November’s Presidential and National Assembly elections have approached the High Court to have the recent election results independently audited.

The nine parties’ application will be heard in the High Court on Friday, December 18, on an urgent basis.

The court application is the first phase in an attempt by the parties to gain access to all election materials in order to have an independent audit done of the results.

The second phase, if irregularities are detected, would be to ask the court to nullify November’s election results, according to the parties

Earlier this month the parties indicated that they did not accept the results citing “very serious irregularities”. However, the nine parties have to date not divulged what “irregularities” they are referring to.

One of the issues consistently brought up as of concern by the aggrieved political parties is the state of the voters roll of which four different versions was released in the run-up to the elections.

The opposition parties in the case are the All Peoples Party (APP), Congress of Democrats (CoD), Democratic Party of Namibia (DPN), Namibia Democratic Movement for Change (NDMC), Republican Party (RP), Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP), the United Democratic Front (UDF), Democratic Turnhalle Alliance (DTA) and the National Democratic Party (NDP).

 

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