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SWAPO party loses traction in regional and local authority elections

SWAPO party loses traction in regional and local authority elections

Staff Reporter

 

THE Namibian Capital, Windhoek, will have to be managed by a coalition after not one of the contestants secured an outright majority in the local government elections.

 

SWAPO has won five seats on the Windhoek municipal council, while various opposition parties collectively won ten seats.

 

In Windhoek, the ruling party lost Windhoek East, Windhoek rural, and Windhoek rural constituencies to IPC, LPM, and PDM respectively, however held on to the Katutura East, Samora Michel, Tobias Hainyeko, John Pandeni, Khomasdal, Moses Garoeb, and Windhoek West constituencies.

 

The elections were again characterized by low voter turnouts in local authority elections, as the much-anticipated surge in votes according to the analysts did not pan out. In addition, the drive for independent candidates nearly collapsed due to voter fragmentation where more than one independent challenged for a constituency and thereby splitting the votes.

 

Although the ruling party SWAPO lost some constituencies outside of its traditional Northern strongholds, the biggest loser was the official opposition, the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) who was nearly decimated in the South of the country where the former deputy minister of lands and leader of the Landless People’s Movement (LPM) Bernadus Swartbooi took control of the constituencies south of the Windhoek/Rehoboth roadblock.

 

  • SWAPO party Namibian Capital Windhoek

 

This is according to the final results released by the ECN which showed that the ruling party lost key constituencies to the Independent Patriots of Change (IPC) in the coast, Landless Peoples Movement in the Southern regions of the country. The party however kept its stronghold in the north.

 

In the east, the deputy minister of health, Esther Utjiua Muinjangue with her party, the National Unity Democratic Organisation (NUDO) performed well in the Okakarara and Omatako constituencies.

 

According to statistics given by the Electoral Commission of Namibia, (ECN), the national regional council ballot indicates that SWAPO received, 255 529 (56.95%) which a decrease compared to the (94.32%) in 2015 and (91.97%) in 2010.

 

The Independent Patriots for Change (IPC) received 67 471 votes which represent (17.27%) of the votes while the Landless People’s Movement (LPM) received 32 211 votes (7%).

 

The Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) received 26 699 votes (6.08%).

 

On the Local Authority overall ballot, SWAPO also took the lead receiving the majority of votes 54 016 (42.80%), followed by IPC 26 381 votes (20.90%), and lastly, LPM with 18 083 votes (14.33%).

 

Results showed that the SWAPO lost its hold on a number of local authorities in Keetmanshoop, Mariental, Walvis Bay, Swakopmund, and Windhoek which led to a decrease in its local authority seats.

 

The SWAPO party however maintained a strong grip in terms of the regional council electorate, receiving majority votes in the Otjozondjupa, Omusati, Oshana, Ohangwena, Kavango West, Kavango East, and West regions. In the Walvis Urban constituency, the independent candidate from the IPC, Benson Adred received a total of 4 531 votes (50.77%), followed by SWAPO candidate Hangula Teuthigilua who received 2 705(30.31%), with independent candidate Ipinge Knowledge Ndunge coming in 3rd with 947 votes (10.6%).

 

In the Walvis Rural, IPC candidate Donatus Florian Tegako also received majority votes of 3 433 (46.4%) followed by SWAPO candidate Shikongo Hilma Tonata, who received 2 318, (31.38%). Landless People’s movement candidate Swartbooi Ambrosius received the third-highest votes of 904 (12.24%).

 

The ruling party also lost Keetmanshoop Urban, Keetmanshoop rural, and Karasburg East constituencies to the Landless People’s movement, however, it maintained the Nami#nus and Oranjemund constituencies.

 

The Rehoboth Rural and Rehoboth Urban constituencies were also maintained by the Landless People’s movement.

 

The Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) secured most votes in the Kunene regional council voting. The party received a total of 9 981 (35.12%) of the votes followed by SWAPO, which received 9 560 of the votes (33.64%), while the UDF came in third securing 4 659 votes, (16.39%).

 

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