Month: December 2019

Zambezi, Kavango East hail election results

Photo: File

LUGERETZIA KOOPER

RESIDENTS of the far north-eastern regions have described this year’s presidential and National Assembly elections as a much needed wake-up call for the ruling party.

Swapo president Hage Geingob was elected as the president of Namibia after garnering 464 703 of the total 826 198 votes in the presidential election.

Independent presidential candidate Panduleni Itula received 29,4% of the votes in the presidential election, ending in second place after Geingob.

A total of 820 227 votes were cast in this year’s National Assembly election, according to results announced by the Electoral Commission of Namibia.

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Independent candidacy dominates Walvis Bay Urban by-elections

By Ester Mbathera

TWO members of the ruling Swapo Party have submitted their nominations this month to partake in the Walvis Bay Urban by-elections, set for January next year, as independent candidates.

One such candidate is the former boxing promoter, Knowledge Ipinge and the other is community activist Kenneth Iilonga. They both handed in their nominations as independent candidates for the regional council by-elections.

“I submitted my name [as an independent-candidate nominee] on Friday morning, two days prior to the public seating. I managed to get over 200 signatures,” Impinge said.

Iilonga is trying his luck at the regional councillor … Read More

NPF, CoD to contest election results

CHARMAINE NGATJIHEUE

THE Congress of Democrats and the National Patriotic Front, whose support base waned severely in last week’s polls, have refused to accept defeat.

The two parties failed to garner enough votes to secure a seat in the National Assembly when Namibians voted last Wednesday.

Other parties which failed to gain any seats are the National Democratic Party (NDP) and the Workers Revolutionary Party (WRP).

CoD and NPF said they are seeking audience with the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) to raise their grievances, as well as investigating the results from polling stations countrywide.

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Military pleased with post-election calm

JOYFUL … Swapo supporters and sympathisers gathered at the ruling party’s office at Oshakati to celebrate their victory as they waited for the results to be announced on Saturday evening, 29 November 2019.

RUTH KAMWI

THE Namibia Defence Force (NDF) announced today that it was happy that peace and stability prevailed before, during and after the national elections that took place last week Wednesday.

In a media statement issued by the acting chief of NDF, air vice marshal Martin Pinehas, the NDF is “happy to announce with appreciation that the citizens of the Land of the Brave ensured that peace … Read More

NEFF basks in election showing

BACK IN THE FOLD … NEFF president Epafras Mukwiilongo (middle) pictured with party leaders Werner January (right), and Kalimbo Ipumbu during an event in 2014. Photo: Nampa

TUYEIMO HAIDULA and ESTER MBATHERA

THE Namibian Economic Freedom Fighters’ national coordinator Kalimbo Iipumbu hailed the party’s showing in last week’s National Assembly elections, in which the party secured two seats.

This, he said, marks the beginning of hard work.

“It has been difficult taking part in national issues and reaching marginalised communities without any funds from the state. We are going to concentrate on the agenda to liberate our people economically,” he … Read More

Muinjangue hailed as women’s ambassador

Esther Muinjangue. Photo: Nampa

ESTER MBATHERA

WOMEN activists have described National Unity Democratic Organisation (Nudo) president Esther Muinjangue’s participation in the presidential race as a sign of political maturity among parties.

Muinjangue was elected the first female leader of a Namibian political party at the party’s third elective congress, which took place towards the end of March this year.

She also became the first women to contest the country’s top position after the just-ended presidential and National Assembly elections.

“I think for Esther to go for the presidency – she was brave, she was alone among the men, and she … Read More

Observers give elections the thumbs up

Head of SADC Electoral Observation Mission (SEOM) presenting the preliminary statement following the holding of the 2019 presidential & National Assembly elections in Namibia. Photo: SADC Secretariat

CHARMAINE NGATJIHEUE

A CROSS section of election observers monitoring the pre-and post-election environment in Namibia have called for the Electoral Commission of Namibia to create a broad-based engagement with civil society in the future to give more credence to the electoral process.

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Election Observer Mission (SEOM), African Union Election Observer Mission (AUEOM), Electoral Commissions Forum of SADC countries (ECF-SADC), as well as the Commonwealth Election Observer Mission … Read More

Reduced victory … Swapo, Geingob drop votes

President Hage Geingob. Photo: File

SAKEUS IIKELA

PRESIDENT Hage Geingob was re-elected for a second term by a sharply reduced majority in a hotly contested general election, marred by technical failures and a slow vote collating and verification process.

The Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) proclaimed the elections free and fair, despite numerous complaints and allegations of manipulation by opposition parties and candidates.

The electoral management body did little to dispel these allegations.

Namibia’s electorate, which endured standing in long queues and going through a slow voting process at polling stations on Wednesday, was frustrated at having to wait another … Read More

Swapo’s two-thirds majority broken

SAKEUS IIKELA

THE ruling Swapo Party has lost its overwhelming parliamentary dominance after gaining 63 seats in the National Assembly election – just short of a two-thirds majority that would have enabled the party to push through constitutional changes despite opposition from other parties.

President Hage Geingob won re-election with 56,3% of the votes cast in the presidential election – a fall of more than a third from his 87% share of the vote in 2014. Independent presidential candidate Panduleni Itula received 29,4% of the votes in the presidential election, ending in second place after Geingob.

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