With two weeks already passed in the voter registration period and only seven weeks remaining until the final deadline, concerns are growing about the low turnout on weekends at registration points in Katutura's East and Central constituencies.

NBC reporter Johanna !Uri≠Khos visited the registration points, where she observed fewer than a hundred registrations recorded in each constituency on Saturday morning.

In an effort to encourage residents, ECN officials are urging people to register to vote and emphasizing the importance of participating in the democratic process.

Team leaders are encouraging the public to take advantage of the weekends.

"We are encouraging you to come and register to vote. We are here from Mondays to Saturdays, but not Sundays. We only have 7 weeks left, so please don't wait until the last minute."

The low turnout is especially concerning given the significance of the upcoming elections.

With only seven weeks remaining in the registration period, officials are making efforts to encourage voter participation.

"The registration process is going smoothly, but we notice that people are not coming on weekends as much as they are during the week. What I want to say is that you should come and register yourself because we only have a few weeks left. Let's not wait until the last minute and then blame ourselves for not registering on time. It's really necessary, so please come and get your voter's card so you don't feel left out in November."

The voter registration points are open daily, Monday to Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The team leaders stressed that every registration to vote is important and that participation in the electoral process is a fundamental right and responsibility.

On Thursday, the ECN released an update stating that 187,171 eligible voters had registered.

The Khomas Region has recorded the highest number of registrations with 40,055 voters, followed by the Ohangwena Region with over 20,600, and the Omusati Region with over 18,000. Additionally, 424 Namibians registered at foreign missions worldwide.

The Electoral Commission of Namibia urges all eligible citizens to register as soon as possible, with a goal of registering over 1.7 million voters.

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