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Electronic Glitch Makes For Slow Start to Namibian Elections

  • Country’s ruling Swapo party set to extend its 30-year rule
  • Drought, graft scandal may result in narrower majority
Hage Geingob
Hage GeingobPhotographer: Rodger Bosch/AFP via Getty Images
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Faulty machines caused delays as voting got underway Wednesday in Namibia’s general election that is set to hand President Hage Geingob a second term and extend the almost 30-year rule of the South West Africa People’s Organization even as the economy flags.

Voting came to a standstill at a polling station on the outskirts of the capital, Windhoek, after it ran out of forms. A WhatsApp message group created for journalists by the Electoral Commission of Namibia, reported malfunctioning electronic voting machines at various stations, including one in Windhoek.