Namibia – Incumbent SWAPO poised to win first-round of Presidential Election


Namibia’s incumbent President Hage Geingob is heading towards a first-round win in the presidential vote according to preliminary results from the country’s elections body. The results also put the SWAPO party in the lead in the legislative vote. This victory will extend the almost 30-year rule of the South West Africa People’s Organization in Namibia.

According to the Electoral Commission of Namibia, Geingob has 57.5% with 95% of the presidential ballots. His main challenger and independent candidate Panduleni Itula, is set to receive 28.7% of the vote. Mr Panduleni is a dentist by profession. The Popular Democratic Movement candidate McHenry Venaani is placed at 5.5%.

In the National Assembly, the governing SWAPO party secured 66.1% of the seats with 90% of those results counted, while PDM, the biggest opposition party, has 15.9%.

The final results will be announced later on Saturday.


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