CORRECTION: Swapo registers Negonga as candidate for Ondangwa Urban by-election

04 May 2019 17:50pm
ATTENTION – CORRECTION: Corrects position of Linus Tobias in eighth sentence. Tobias is PDM deputy secretary-general and not secretary-general as stated in the original story.

ONDANGWA, 03 MAY (NAMPA) – The Swapo Party on Thursday registered Leonard Negonga as its candidate for the Ondangwa Urban Constituency by-election with the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN).
The party became the first political organisation to register a candidate for the election, which became necessary after President Hage Geingob appointed former Oshana Regional Councillor for the constituency, Elia Irimari, the new Governor of the Oshana Region in March this year.
Irimari replaced Clemens Kashuupulwa, who was appointed Namibia’s Ambassador to Russia in November 2018.
The by-elections are scheduled to take place on 15 June, and the registration of party candidates started on 19 April and will end on Monday.
“We have registered our party candidate and now we are preparing for the launch of our election campaign to be held at the SOS Omashaka in Ondangwa on Saturday, 11 May,” said the coordinator of Swapo in the region, Samuel Nelongo.
Nelongo indicated that Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila will officially launch the party’s campaign for the by-election.
The Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) is another political party that has confirmed its participation in the by-election.
PDM deputy secretary-general, Linus Tobias told Nampa on Friday that the party was busy vetting its candidate as of Thursday evening.
Meanwhile, a 27-year-old teacher and resident of Ondangwa, Angela Immanuel, is an independent candidate who has shown interest thus far.
Independent candidates have until Sunday to register with the ECN.