Namibia’s Swapo leads preliminary poll results

Windhoek – Namibia’s ruling party looks set for a sixth straight election victory on Monday, according to a second round of preliminary results.

With slightly more than half of votes counted, the South-West Africa People’s Organisation (Swapo) party – in power since 1990 – was leading the polls with 77%.

The party’s candidate for president, Hage Geingob, received 86% of votes in a presidential election also held on Friday.

Geingob, who served twice as prime minister in the former German colony rich in diamonds and uranium, faced eight challengers.

On Saturday, the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) had released a first round of preliminary data putting Swapo in the lead with slightly more than 66% of the vote.

About 1.2 million Namibians were eligible to vote in Friday’s first electronic polls in Africa. The electoral commission pegs voter turnout at 69%.

More than 40% of Namibia’s population live in poverty. In addition to diamond and uranium extraction, Namibia is also a major travel destination, drawing tourists to the Namib desert that runs along its coast.

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