Namibian General Election Date: 27 November 2019

Namibian General Election 2019 Voting Live

Namibian General Election Dates 2019

Namibian General Election Date: 27 November 2019 

General elections will be held in Namibia on 27 November 2019. The elections will be the second in Namibia to use electronic voting.

A total of ten candidates are expected to run for the presidency, whilst 16 political parties contested the National Assembly elections in 2014. Hage Geingob of the ruling SWAPO party, won the previous presidential elections with 87% of the vote in 2014.  SWAPO also won the National Assembly elections, taking 80% of the vote that year. 


Namibian General Election Voting Live 2019 

 

Namibia’s Democratic System Constitution agreed in 1990 includes:

 • President with executive powers

 • National Assembly – lower house

 • National Council – upper house (house of review)

• 13 Regional Councils

 • Local authorities (presently 48)

Democratic debates

• Whether to use PR for national parliamentary elections?

• Which system is most appropriate for regional councils?

• Whether to use PR or a FPTP ward system for local authorities?

Four elections, three systems

• Presidential – Majoritarian

• National Assembly – PR with party lists

• Regional Council – First Past The Post

 • Local Authority – PR with transition to ward system

Presidential elections

 • Voters vote directly for the different candidates. The candidate who receives the most votes is elected, provided that candidate has a clear majority (50% plus one) of the votes.

 • If no candidate is elected with a more than 50% of the votes in the first round, a subsequent election is held between the two candidates with the highest number of votes, until one candidate wins a clear majority.

• Since the President received a clear majority in all the previous elections in Namibia, a second round has never happened.

National Assembly elections

A PR system with party lists is used. Parties each present a list of up to 72 candidates to the Electoral Commission. The seats are divided among the parties proportionally. Seats are allocated by establishing the quota of votes required for one seat. The quota is calculated by dividing all the votes cast by the total number of seats in the National Assembly (72). After all the seats have been allocated using these quotas, the remaining seats are allocated to the parties with the largest remainder.


The Electoral system of Namibia  

The Electoral Commission of Namibia was established by the Electoral Act 24 of 1992 (Electoral Act, 1992, 3-12). The amendment of 1998 was particularly important since it took significant steps to secure the independence of the ECN from the Executive, for the appointment of the ECN is no longer the simple prerogative of the President. Moreover, the Director of Elections was firmly subordinated to the ECN

 


Namibian past election results 

Party

Votes

%

Seats

SWAPO

715,026

80.01

77

Democratic Turnhalle Alliance

42,933

4.8

5

Rally for Democracy and Progress

31,372

3.51

3

All People's Party

20,431

2.29

2

United Democratic Front

18,945

2.12

2

National Unity Democratic Organisation

17,942

2.01

2

Workers Revolutionary Party

13,328

1.49

2

SWANU

6,354

0.71

1

United People's Movement

6,353

0.71

1

Republican Party

6,099

0.68

1

Congress of Democrats

3,404

0.38

0

Namibian Economic Freedom Fighters

3,259

0.36

0

Monitor Action Group

3,073

0.34

0

Christian Democratic Voice

2,606

0.29

0

National Democratic Party

1,389

0.16

0

Democratic Party of Namibia

1,131

0.13

0

Total

893,643

100

96

Registered voters/turnout

1,241,194

72