Namibian President is Re-Elected Amidst Corruption Scandal
Namibian President Geingob may remain in office. However, he received a historically bad result. The election was under the auspices of a desperate economic situation and rampant corruption,E24 News has reported.
Namibia’s head of state Hage Geingob won the presidential election. Thus, the 78-year-old can remain in office for another five years. According to the electoral commission, he received 56.3 percent of the vote – and thus the worst result of the ruling party since the independence of Namibia from South Africa.
All other presidents of the South West Africa People’s Organization (Swapo) since 1990 have consistently won more than 70 percent of the vote in presidential elections. Geingob has been in power since 2015. Because of a fishing scandal and the recession in the country he is in criticism.
The strongest force, the Swapo also emerged in the parliamentary election, which had taken place simultaneously. However, the ruling party also suffered heavy losses here: according to the electoral commission, Swapo deputies secured 65 percent of the seats – the party had previously controlled 80 percent of parliament.l
The strongest opposition candidate, Pandulenia Itula, won 30 percent of the vote. The Democratic Movement PDM candidate, McHenry Venaani, is down 5.3 percent. A total of eleven candidates had applied for the presidency. Several opposition candidates had raised allegations of electoral fraud.
Apart from Geingob, only one other presidential candidate took part in the announcement of the election results. The absence of other candidates was considered a protest against the election.
About 60 percent of the 1.3 million eligible voters participated in the elections, according to the election commission. Commonwealth election observers said the election was “largely peaceful and orderly”.
The Swapo has been in continuous power since the independence of Namibia from South Africa in 1990. Since 1994, it has had a two-thirds majority in parliament and so far has been able to pass constitutional amendments.