Namibia: Poll Challenge Likely to Fail, but Evms an Issue

Judgement on the opposition challenge to the outcome of presidential elections in Namibia last November will be delivered in early February the Supreme Court announced at the weekend (18-19 January).

Also expected is ruling over the use of electronic voting machines (EVMs) without verifiable paper trails. Regional observers believe the case regarding the conditions for the use of EVMs is fairly compelling but that the rerun of the presidential poll is highly unlikely.

Chief Justice Peter Shivute said the court will deliver judgement on 6 February on the application by five presidential candidates to have the presidential poll annulled.

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