Namandje slams mockers at Swapo electoral college

08 Sep 2019 15:00pm
WINDHOEK, 08 SEP (NAMPA) – Lawyer Sisa Namandje expressed discontent in the conduct of some Swapo delegates at the just-ended electoral college who mocked those that did not make it to the list of 96 potential candidates for the National Assembly.
As Namandje read out the names and rankings of Swapo candidates during the early hours of Sunday morning, a section in the venue could be heard chanting and booing those individuals who performed poorly at the college.
This, according to the chief election returning officer, was a sign of division and factionalism which he warned against on Wednesday when he accepted the job.
“I see when some names are being called, some people are trying to make as if it is funny to be on the list. Next time it’s you. It doesn’t work that way. It is always good that we support one another at difficult times. Losing elections is not easy but it’s not something to mock others for,” a clearly agitated Namandje said.
He added: “This was not a war.”
In total, 18 953 votes were cast during the electoral college. There were 238 voters that were registered, while 233 turned out for the election.
The election officials printed 245 ballot papers for the male candidates. Namandje and his team counted 226 valid ballots; seven ballot papers were spoilt and 12 unused.
Due to mechanical issues, there were 264 ballot papers printed for the female candidates.
“The total ballot papers used out of that are 233. Valid ballots were 227, six were spoilt and the unused are 31…remember that each delegate was given two ballot papers to vote for 84 candidates [male and female],” he explained.
Before announcing the results, the lawyer who has dealt with Swapo elections since 2004 emphasised on the legitimacy of the votes.
“I have no history of stealing votes,” he said.
In fact, Namandje said, they went out of their way to record a full video clip of the entire counting process, should there be any doubters.
Swapo vice president Netumbo Nandi-Ndiatwah and secretary-general Sophia Shaningwa qualified automatically to the list in positions 1 and 2 respectively.
Although Shaningwa’s deputy, Marco Hausiku also qualified like the other two, he declined the opportunity to go back to parliament in 2020, should the ruling party secure the seats.
Others in the top 20 are Pohamba Shifeta, Lucia Ipumbu, Tom Alweendo, Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, Frans Kapofi, Johanna Kandjimi, Peya Mushelenga, Alexia Manombe-Ncube, Calle Schlettwein, Lucia Witbooi, Nangolo Mbumba, Christine //Hoebes, Erastus Uutoni, Itah Kandjii-Murangi, Hambyuka Hamunyera, Hilma Nikanor, Stanley Simataa and Bernadette Jagger.
At present, Swapo has 77 seats in the National Assembly.
On 27 November, Namibia will hold its Presidential and National Assembly elections.