More Mandrax tablets allegedly found in truck at AriamsvleiClarification on voting outside of SA

KEETMANSHOOP: The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) has reported that 10 000 more Mandrax tablets were found in the truck driven by a 51-year-old suspect arrested for drug possession at the Ariamsvlei border post last week.

NamPol’s crime investigations coordinator for the ||Kharas Region, Deputy Commissioner Nikodemus Mbango, in an interview with Nampa on Sunday said after members of the Drug Law Enforcement Subdivision from Keetmanshoop were dispatched to the border post, Mandrax tablets valued at over N.dollars 1 million were allegedly found in the truck.

This is in addition to the 6 186 full Mandrax tablets and 49 half Mandrax tablets worth a total N.dollars 745 260 that were allegedly initially found in the truck when the man was arrested around 00h30 last Sunday.

‘It is alleged that the suspect entered Namibia from South Africa with a truck. When it was searched, six transparent plastic bags of suspected Mandrax tablets were found,’ said Mbango.

The total value of the drugs now stands at N.dollars 1 94
6 520.

The man faces one count of dealing in prohibited dependence-producing substances and he is expected to appear in the Karasburg Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

Police investigations continue.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

Those who intend to vote outside of the country and who are registered on a specific country’s segment of the voters’ roll, do not have to give notice to the Electoral Commission’s Chief Electoral Officer that they will be voting in that country.

‘The law assumes that they will be voting at the diplomatic mission of registration,’ said the Electoral Commission on Monday.

Addressing a media briefing in Pretoria, the Commission’s Chief Electoral Officer Sy Mamabolo said those registered elsewhere, including locally registered voters who intend to vote at a particular diplomatic mission outside the country, must give notice to the CEO of their intention to vote in that country.

‘The notice to vote out of the country may be submitted as of today until 22 April 2024. An online notification facility (VEC10) is available on the Commission’s website,’ Mamabolo said.

He further explained that special voting at the diplomatic missions will happen either on Friday, 17 May 2024 or Saturday, 18 May 2024.

‘The exact d
ate for each diplomatic mission will be determined considering the host country’s dominant religious and cultural practices.’

On voting outside of the voting station of registration on Election Day (29 May 2024), the Commission re-emphasises the general principle of election administration that voters must vote where they are registered.

‘However, in the event a voter intends to be in a different voting district on voting day, such a voter must notify the Commission of their intended absence from their voting district and the voting station where they wish to cast the vote. A notification portal will soon be launched for this purpose. Notifications in this regard will close on 17 May 2024.’

Source: South African Government News Agency

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