Namibia will make history at the end of 2014 when it becomes the first African country to hold presidential and general elections using electronic voting machines.
Namibia is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, the African Union, and the United Nations. Windhoek is its capital and most populated city. It is one of the five Community States for the Development of Southern Africa, which will hold elections in 2014.
Barney Karuuombe, of the Electoral Committee of Namibia, explained during a recent voting symposium that took place in Windhoek, that electronic voting would make elections more efficient.
In time, it will also significantly reduce election costs. Moreover, he stressed the importance of using a biometric identification system introduced by the Voting Committee, stating that “the use of an automatic fingerprint identification system makes voter identification fail-safe.”
Karuuombe indicated that the Voting Committee would have the exclusive ability to supervise and control the voting process so that it is carried out fairly and impartially.