Swapo elections to take place Sunday

26 Nov 2017 10:20am
WINDHOEK, 26 NOV (NAMPA) – The Swapo Party 6th Ordinary Congress culminates in the election of a new party leadership here on Sunday.
Over 400 delegates, representing 121 constituencies from all 14 regions of the country are at the congress which started in the capital on Thursday.
Presiding Officer of the elections, local lawyer Sisa Namandje, said his team of about 20 auditors, accountants and distinguished lawyers will oversee the counting process in a secured hall.
“We are determined to ensure that if there are people with fears, suspicions or a degree of unease as to how the process will turn out, we will be able to deliver what we are required and expected to deliver,” said Namandje on national television Saturday evening.
He said delegates will be electing members for the central committee (CC) and top four leaders to serve for the next five years.
“We will be counting almost 30 000 votes. It is a very difficult process, but we are up for the job,” he stated.
Namandje said the election results are expected as from 17h00 on Sunday.
The CC members form part of the Swapo members to serve in the National Assembly after the 2019 National Elections.
Contesting the party’s presidency is Namibian President and Swapo vice-president Hage Geingob, former Prime Minister Nahas Angula and Minister of Youth, Sports and National Service Jerry Ekandjo.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana and Swapo secretary for information and mobilisation Helmuth Angula are contesting the position of party vice-president.
Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Sophia Shaningwa and Armas Amukwiyu, the party’s Oshikoto regional coordinator, are running for the secretary-general (SG) position, while local businesswoman Martha Namundjebo-Tilahun, Petrina Haingura (former Swapo Women’s Council secretary) and Marco Hausiku, Swapo Party School rector, are contesting the deputy SG position.