Five to contest Ondangwa by-election

10 May 2019 | Politics

The Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) has confirmed that five candidates have registered to stand in the Ondangwa Urban constituency by-election scheduled for 15 June.

Swapo, the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM), the All People's Party (APP), and the Congress of Democrats (CoD) have registered candidates, while a youthful independent candidate is also taking part. The deadline for registration of candidates was this past Monday.

Swapo is represented by Leonard Negonga, while Vincent Ndjoba is the APP candidate.

The PDM has selected Johannes Martin as its candidate, while Mandume Andreas Tuhafeni is the CoD candidate. The four are joined in the contest by 27-year-old independent candidate Angelina Immanuel.

The by-election was necessitated by the appointment of councillor Elia Irimari as the new Oshana regional governor by President Hage Geingob.

In the last regional authority elections in 2015, Irimari convincingly defeated the then DTA and RDP candidates after receiving 3 918 votes, compared to Vincent Asser of DTA (232) and Anna Nikanor of the RDP who garnered a measly 117 votes.

Only 4 267 of the registered 15 140 voters cast their ballots, representing a voter turnout of just 28.2%.

ECN returning officer Rauna Nkandi told Namibian Sun 1 255 people have registered during the supplementary registration period. She could, however, not provide the number of people on the voter's roll.

ILENI NANDJATO

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