By Charles Tjatindi
THE party anthems have waned. The chanting of party slogans has descended into an unfamiliar, deafening silence.
And so has the pandemonium that had been created around this year’s presidential and National Assembly elections, as D-Day descends.
Namibians will go to the polls tomorrow to elect leaders who will form part of government for the next five years, including the country’s president.
Some 1 358 468 people have registered to cast their votes tomorrow across the country’s 14 regions and 121 constituencies.
A total of eight candidates will contest this year’s presidential election, while 15 parties will vie for seats in the National Assembly.
This year’s presidential race will be one of the most fiercely contested, in part due to the entry into the race of independent candidate Panduleni Itula.
He becomes the first ever independent presidential candidate in the country’s history. He is up against the ruling Swapo party’s candidate, Hage Geingob, who is seeking another five-year term at the helm of the country.
Geingob entered the race as one of the favourites, basking in the glory of a comprehensive showing in the 2014 presidential election, which he won with more than 87% of the votes – a result that placed him even on top of his own party, which attained 80% of the votes in the National Assembly race.
Also in the race is the leader of the official opposition in the National Assembly, McHenry Venaani, who is contesting in the elections for the second time.
The Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) has been instrumental in pushing for transformation, starting with renaming the former Democratic Turnhalle Alliance (DTA) in a bid to have a wider appeal.
Former deputy land reform minister Bernadus Swartbooi, who hastily resigned from his position in 2017 after a spat with his boss, minister Utoni Nujoma, is another entrant in the presidential race.
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