Swapo gets largest chunk of electoral cake



Swapo scooped more than 72 percent of seats in local authorities that were contested in last week’s local authority elections, leaving the opposition parties a mere 27.7 percent of seats. This is according to the final official election results for local authorities released by the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) on Wednesday afternoon.

The DTA of Namibia has the second highest number of seats, having managed to secure 39 seats for representation in 34 local authorities followed by United Democratic Front of Namibia (UDF) with 22 seats in 13 local authorities.
The Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) only managed to obtain 10 seats in nine local authorities in //Karas, Hardap, Khomas, Ohangwena and Omaheke.

National Unity Democratic Organisation (Nudo) has 11 seats in seven local authorities in Erongo, Khomas and Omaheke. All People’s Party (APP) has four seats in four local authorities.

The ECN on Wednesday released the official results of 52 of the 57 local authorities which parties contested during last week’s polls, with the ruling Swapo Party gobbling up 233 of the 332 contested seats that were up for grabs.
A combined 5 206 voters in Okahao, Outapi, Tsandi, Omuthiya and Oniipa had no reason to vote as those local authorities were already scooped up by the ruling Swapo Party since no other party contested there. A total of 33 seats were up for grabs at the towns that were not contested.

Swapo’s dominant performance saw it taking full control of 12 of the country’s 13 municipalities, meaning the opposition will have to live by any decision taken by Swapo councillors.

In second, the country’s official opposition DTA managed to scoop 39 seats in 34 local authorities
Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) got only 10 seats in nine local authorities
United People’s Movement (UPM), making their debut during the local authority elections, managed to scoop a seat in Rehoboth while Congress of Democrats (CoD) got a single seat in Gochas. The Civic Association of Henties Bay got one seat in that municipality while the Swakopmund Residents Association got a seat in Swakopmund. The Karibib Ratepayers Association also managed to scoop a single seat in Karibib. In Kavango East, Rundu Concerned Citizens Associations also managed to get a seat.

Only about 162 491 of the 418 544 registered voters went to the polls last week.
In Henties Bay, at least, the council will be competitive seeing that the opposition has more seats than Swapo.
Swapo has three seats there but it is not in full control because UDF has two seats, the DTA one seat, while the Henties Bay Civic Association occupies the other seat. It is likely the trio will team up should there be need for a vote on any proposed decision.

The ruling Swapo went for a clean sweep in Omusati and Kavango West regions, scooping 100 percent of the seats on offer.

Some of the parties represented in parliament failed to occupy any seats on any of the 57 local authorities – these are Swanu, Workers Revolutionary Party (WRP) and the Republican Party (RP).


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