Swapo victorious in Bukalo elections

23 Aug 2014 10:20am
BUKALO, 23 AUG (NAMPA) – The Swapo-Party won four of the five seats that were being contested in the Bukalo local authority elections on Friday.
Four political parties battled it out for the vacant positions in the newly-proclaimed Bukalo Town Council, namely the Congress of Democrats (CoD), DTA of Namibia, National Democratic Party (NDP) and the Swapo-Party.
The remaining seat went to CoD.
A total of 222 votes were cast during the local authority elections between 07h00 and 21h00, when the three polling stations officially closed. This was followed by the counting of votes and announcement of the results.
According to the provisional voters’ roll, a total of 346 eligible voters residing in Bukalo were expected to participate in the elections.
Swapo garnered 188 votes and CoD 25; while DTA got six votes and the Katima Mulilo-based NDP three.
The results were officially announced by Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) returning officer Alfred Mbukuza at around 22h00 on Friday.
The Swapo and CoD candidates are expected to be sworn in as the duly elected local authority councillors on 27 August this year.
They are Swapo’s Lewis Matomela, Kandi Namatana, Charles Siyauya and Ntobi Mwilima; and Lawrence Mukena of CoD.
The town of Bukalo is situated some 40 kilometres (km) east of Katima Mulilo in the Zambezi Region.
Bukalo was proclaimed a town after recommendations made by the Fourth Delimitation Commission last year.
Voters made use of the electronic voting machines (EVMs), which were being used for the first time in the Zambezi Region.
The machines are produced in India, and were used in Namibia for the first time on 05 August this year during the Ohangwena by-election.
Bukalo has a population of about 500 people.