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 three days for the results.

Election results were finally announced on Saturday night by ECN’s chairperson, Notemba Tjipueja, who declared Geingob duly elected after receiving 464 703 of the total 826 198 votes in the presidential election.

This means the president’s support has dropped with about 30%, from the overwhelming 87% he got in 2014 to 56,3%.

The incumbent endured fierce competition from independent candidate Panduleni Itula, who came second with 242 657 (29,4%) of the votes.

Read more at The Namibian.

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