The Electoral Commission of Namibia has refuted allegations made by Popular Democratic Movement Member of Parliament Elma Dienda that it does not pay temporary workers on time. Dienda also said that the ECN “puts everything on tender, from buying a laptop to buying pencils, which is costly because the prices are inflated”, questioning why they cannot cut out the middleman and buy directly from the factories or local producers. ECN Corporate Communications Manager Lina Ndengu, when approached by the Namibia press agency for comment, said the workers themselves are to blame as some submit bank details for accounts that are not active and the money is therefore oftentimes returned.