Hage Geingob elected as Namibia's next President

DECEMBER 2, 2014

Namibia Prime Minister Hage Geingob has been elected as the country's next President after securing a landslide victory in the presidential election, which took place last Friday. The ruling Swapo Party secured a two-thirds majority in the National Assembly elections.

Geingob, who won the presidential race, received an overwhelming 772 528 votes, nearly 87 percent of all votes, trailed by McHenry Venaani of the Democratic Turnhalle Alliance (DTA), who received 44 271 votes at the expense of Hidipo Hamutenya of the Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP), who got 30 197, according to results announced by the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) on Monday.

Geingob said after the announcement of the results that he had a huge responsibility on his shoulders but promised to be the leader for all Namibians.

Swapo Party got 715 026 votes and won 77 of the 96 parliamentary seats, followed distantly by the DTA with 42 933 votes and five seats, while the RDP received 31 372 votes and three parliamentary seats.

The All People's Party (APP) received 20 431 votes and two seats, and the United Democratic Front (UDF) received 18 945 votes and also two parliamentary seats.

The victor and eight other candidates contested the presidential poll, including runner-up Venaani of the DTA, who conceded defeat but promised to keep the Namibian government on its feet.

Sixteen political parties contested the parliamentary election that was held side-by-side with the presidential election.

The fifth democratic elections for Presidential and National Assembly on Friday were characterised by widespread delays, resulting in the ECN only being able to issue the final results on Monday evening after several postponements.

This was the first time in Africa that voting took place electronically using electronic voting machines which initially delayed the elections for hours at a time.

The incumbent President Hifikepunye Pohamba will only hand over power to Geingob in March 2015 when his two five-year terms expire. 

Since independence 24 years ago, Namibia has conducted five democratic elections. - SAnews.gov.za-Xinhua 

Photo caption: Namibia Prime Minister Hage Geingob has been elected as the country's next President after securing a landslide victory in the presidential election, which took place last Friday.