By Sakeus Iikela
Landless People’s Movement leader Bernadus Swartbooi has accused the Electoral Commission of Namibia and Swapo of rigging the outcome of the national polls.
Swartbooi made these claims at an LPM media briefing in Windhoek on Friday.
He claimed he has been reliably informed that there were foreign nationals who were brought into the country to manipulate the outcome of the elections.
Swartbooi also claimed the LPM uncovered a plot by the ruling party and the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) to allocate National Assembly seats to political parties.
“Votes are being increased in favor of Swapo and Geingob and reduced for other candidates. For example, apparently Swapo won Erongo region, but according to our calculations, [Panduleni] Itula has the majority as the presidential candidate,” he said.
Election results released so far show that Itula beat Geingob in the presidential election in the Khomas and Erongo regions, while Geingob was the winning candidate in all of the other regions of the country.
The results also show that Swapo’s share of the vote has decreased in the south, central and west of Namibia, but that the ruling party was scoring overwhelming victories in northern regions.
As the vote-counting process continued on Saturday morning, Swapo appeared to be on course to win 64 of the 96 voting seats in the National Assembly, with the PDM in second place with a possible 15 seats and the LPM third with a possible five seats.
Swapo currently has 77 of the voting seats in the National Assembly, while the PDM has five seats.