Oshakati West special voting temporarily suspended because of a lack of envelopes

Oshakati West special voting temporarily suspended because of a lack of envelopes

Special voting in Oshakati West has been put on hold after the polling station ran out of envelopes.
Shortly before 11h30 the returning officer, Rauna Nkandi ordered the officials to immediately halt the process until the polling station has been supplied with envelopes.
The envelopes are used by voters to seal their ballot papers before dropping them in the ballot box.
Nkandi says when they opened this morning they only had 22 envelopes that have now depleted.
Iiyambo Efraim, the ECN Oshana coordinator told NBC News that the issue has been communicated to them and they have since resolved it by sending the required number of envelopes to the polling station.
He says the hiccup came as a result of them underestimating the constituency's turnout during special voting.
Envelopes are only being used during special voting to ensure that the ballot papers cast are safe pending the main voting day.
The polling station opened on time this morning.
There are 19 polling stations in Oshakati West that will be used during the main voting day on Wednesday.