'Democracy remains incomplete without losers': Venaani

02 Dec 2014 13:40pm
WINDHOEK, 02 DEC (NAMPA) – DTA of Namibia president McHenry Venaani says he is happy with democracy in Namibia following the announcement of the election results, in which his party scooped the second position.
Speaking after the announcement of the 2014 Presidential and National Assembly elections’ results at the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) headquarters in Windhoek on Monday, the leader of the official opposition party said democracy remains incomplete without losers.
Venaani emphasised that democracy is a cycle of losers and winners, and not everyone will be a champion during the race.
“I, DTA of Namibia and our leadership ran one of the most difficult campaigns, but we managed to resuscitate our political party. As I am speaking here, we are the official political party,” he said.
The Swapo-Party held onto its two-thirds majority with a landslide victory of 715 026 votes during the National Assembly election held on Friday.
The DTA obtained 42 933 votes, the second highest number of votes. It dethroned current official opposition party, the Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP), which managed to obtain 31 372 votes, ending third overall.
Venaani said losing in the election race should not lead to political parties becoming enemies, adding that they should instead become bigger friends to help build Namibia.
After saying that, he called on President-elect Hage Geingob to pose for a photo with him in order to “show their story to the world” and to demonstrate that they “will build Namibia in victory or defeat”.
Addressing Geingob, Venaani said as leader of the official opposition party, he will keep Government on its toes.
“I shall keep you on your toes, you know my capability. I will advise where needed and bring new ideas that can take Namibia forward,” he said.