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Technology and the Elections

When Namibians took to the polls last year to cast their votes for the National Assembly and Presidential elections, they set a precedent on the continent by being the first Africans to use Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).
This voting technology was introduced primarily to enhance the election process and to reduce the amount of time it takes to count and verify the results – an important consideration given the delays in the announcement of results in past elections.

Election bill likely to become law after Oct 13
Election bill likely to become law after Oct 13

Namibia's Electoral Bill, which has been passed by Parliament, is likely to become a fully-fledged law after October 13 this year - just a few weeks before the national election scheduled for November 28. The election date is due to be confirmed in the Government Gazette on Monday October 13 in terms of the old 1992 Electoral Act. After the date has been confirmed it is expected that the new Electoral Act will come into force and the 1992 Act will be formally repealed.


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