Swapo registers its candidate

Independent candidate also confirmed

03 May 2019 | Politics

Swapo yesterday registered its candidate for the Ondangwa Urban constituency by-election, while a youthful independent candidate also confirmed her candidature.

Former Ondangwa mayor Leonard Negonga will be the ruling party's candidate, Oshana Swapo coordinator Samuel Nelongo confirmed yesterday.

“The Swapo Party today registered Negonga as our preferred candidate. We are now preparing for the election campaign starting with the rally which will take place on 11 May at the SOS in Ondangwa near the Omashaka location and that is where we will unveil our candidate officially to the electorate,” said Nelongo.

Negonga, who currently serves on the Ondangwa town council, is expected to come up against 27-year-old Angelina Immanuel, who registered as an independent candidate yesterday.

The Electoral Commission of Namibia's (ECB) returning officer, Rauna Nkandi, told Namibian Sun yesterday it was too early to tell how many candidates would take part, as registration would continue until 6 May.

“It is still too early for me to tell how many candidates have registered in case some may change their minds. Interested political parties or independent candidates still have until Monday at 11:00 to register,” said Nkandi. The elections are meant to fill the vacant position left by former councillor Elia Irimari, who was appointed as Oshana regional governor on 18 March this year.

The by-election is scheduled for 15 June. Namibian Sun understands the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) and Congress of Democrats (CoD) are also expected register their candidates before next week's deadline.