Namibian court dismisses case against voting machines

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A Namibian court on Monday dismissed a case seeking to prevent the use of electronic voting machines in Wednesday’s presidential elections.

Opponents of President Hage Geingob, who is seeking another term in office, say the machines could be used to alter the result of the vote.

Magistrate Uaatjo Uanivi ruled that the tribunal has no jurisdiction to forbid the electoral commission from using the voting machines.

Opposition leader McHenry Venaani said he was disappointed with the outcome of the court case.

“EVMs (electronic voting machines) in their current form do not address the question of transparency of the vote and I thought the court would put more effort into addressing (that) … question,” he said.

President Geingob will come up against nine challengers in the Wednesday’s election, though pollsters predict a win for him.

About 1.3 million voters are registered to participate in the election.

Namibia uses a majority system for presidential elections, in which the candidate with more than 50% of votes is declared the winner.