The Electoral Commission of Namibia's (ECN) Voters' Registration Officers are not trained in sign language to cater for the hearing-impaired population during the registration process.

ECN's Otjozondjupa Regional Voter Education Officer, Beatrice Sililo-Epuka, says it was only the education officers who received basic sign language training.

Sililo-Epuka was speaking at a stakeholder's engagement meeting at Otjiwarongo that was attended by political party representatives from Swapo, LPM, UDF, ministries, churches, and community members.

She informed attendees that although the ECN is inclusive of people with disabilities, there is little coverage for the deaf community during the registration process.

Sililo-Epuka also urged all residents to have the right documents when going for registration.

In a case where one does not have the required document or documents to register as an eligible voter, a statement under oath can be taken.

The officials will set up a provisional voters' register for any objections.

The registration will take place from the 3rd of June to the 1st of August.

The stations will open from eight o'clock in the morning until seven in the evening from Monday to Saturday.

The police will accompany the voter registration officer teams to all constituencies.

Residents are encouraged to make use of the two months given for registration, as there will be no supplementary registration after that.

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ECN website


Eveline Paulus