Lost laptops programmed to rig-NEFF

• By Erasmus Shalihaxwe

NAMIBIA Economic Freedom Fighters (NEFF), Deputy President, Ipumbu Kalimbo said the reported missing laptops at the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) Head Office in Windhoek, are not missing but were taken for  to be programming for the ruling party (Swapo) to rig elections in 2024.

Kalimbo said this why reacting to ECN Chief Electoral and Referanda Officer, Theo Mujoro’s announcement this week that the electoral office had lost 117 laptops and a criminal case has been opened with the Namibian Police Force.

In a media statement, Mujoro said the commission is mandated by law as the exclusive authority to manage and direct all electoral and referenda processes, guided by its cardinal values of transparency, accountability and integrity.

As part of executing its tasks, ECN leverages on the use of Information Technology (IT) in nearly all aspects of its electoral operations.

ECN on January 18 issued a statement stating laptops had been stolen from its Head Office and assured the public that no security data breaches were committed.

“ECN hereby wishes to inform the public of an incident where laptops are noted as missing from its Head Office.  A case has been registered with the Namibian Police and the matter is now subject to a criminal investigation. ECN understands the sensitivity and urgency of this unfortunate event and will keep electoral stakeholders and the public informed on any further developments concerning this matter. We would also like to assure the public that no data security breaches were committed as a result of this incident,” reads the statement

The laptops were allegedly stolen from ECN Head Office between November 2020 and January this year.

However, Kalimbo said he is not buying into Mujoro’s notion of no data security being breached, stating it is shocking that a crucial institution such as ECN lost such a large number of crucial equipment in such a manner.

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