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Namibia

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National Assembly

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Election results

Data on parliamentary elections, including the background, candidates, voter turnout, results and the formation of the new legislature. By default the latest election results are displayed. Select a date to view results from previous elections

Background

Election date(s) The date when elections started and ended for directly or indirectly elected parliaments/chambers. The date of appointments for appointed parliaments/chambers.
29.11.2014
Date of dissolution of the outgoing legislature Date at which the previous legislature (elected at the previous elections) was dissolved.
19.03.2015
Timing of election Timing of election: Upon normal expiry; Early elections; Delayed elections
Upon normal expiry
Expected date of next elections The expected date at which the next elections should take place, based on law or practice.
30.11.2019
Number of seats at stake Number of seats contested at the elections. Where the parliament/chamber is fully renewed, this number is usually identical to the statutory number of members. Where the parliament/chamber is partially renewed or appointed, the number of seats at stake is usually less than the total number of members.
96
Scope of elections Scope of elections: Full renewal; Partial renewal.
Full renewal

Candidates

Total number of candidates Total number of people who registered as candidates for election. Does not include people who stood as candidates to become "substitute members".
1,139
Number of male candidates Number of male candidates
623
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
516
The number of women candidates is not available from authoritative sources.
No
Percentage of women candidates The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women candidates by the total number of candidates.
45.3%
Number of parties contesting the election This field may include either the number of parties contesting the election, or the number of coalitions/electoral alliance.
16

Voter turnout

Registration Number of people registered to vote
1,241,194
Votes Number of people who actually voted
890,738
Voter turnout The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of people who actually voted by the number of people registered to vote
71.76%

Results

About the election Short description of the context and results of the election.
The SWAPO Party, in power since independence in 1990, retained a two-thirds majority, taking 77 of the 96 directly elected seats in the 104-member National Assembly (see note). Nine other parties took the remaining 19 seats. The Democratic Turnhalle Alliance (DTA) led by Mr. McHenry Venaani became the largest opposition force with five seats. Prime Minister Hage Geingob (SWAPO) won the presidential elections, taking 86 percent of the votes. He is due to take office in March 2015, succeeding the outgoing President Hifikepunye Pohamba (SWAPO), who was constitutionally barred from seeking a third term. During the election campaign, the SWAPO ran on the government's record, citing better infrastructure and primary education. It promised to strengthen the economy and create wealth and jobs for all Namibians. Its presidential candidate Mr. Geingob promised to build 185,000 new homes in the next 18 years. His closest rival in the presidential race, DTA leader Venaani, promised to develop a "stronger, more productive diverse economy with lower taxes". Note: In accordance with the 2014 constitutional amendments, the statutory number of members of the National Assembly increased from 78 (72 directly elected and six appointed by the President) to 104 (96 directly elected and eight appointed, as specified in Article 46). Starting from the 2015 renewal, the statutory number of members of the National Council (upper chamber) will also increase, from 26 to 42. The current legislature comprises two members from each of the 13 Regional Councils. The new legislature will comprise three members from each of the 14 Regional Councils (Article 69). Pursuant to the recommendation of the Fourth Delimitation Commission, the number of regions (and Regional Councils) was increased from 13 to 14. The proclamation of the recommendation was gazetted in August 2013. However, the current legislature does not comprise the representatives from the new region and thus has 26 members from 13 regions.
Number of parties winning seats The number of parties which won parliamentary representation in the given election.
10
Percentage of parties winning seats The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of parties which won parliamentary representation by the number of parties contesting the election.
62.5%
Percentage of seats won by largest party or coalition The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of seats won by the largest party by the number of seats at stake in the election.
80.21%
Alternation of power after elections The results of the elections caused a change in the government. "Not applicable" to countries using the presidential system when parliamentary and presidential elections are held separately, to countries in political transition or where there is no party system.
No
Names of parties in government The government may be formed by one or more political parties
SWAPO
Parties or coalitions winning seats
Political groups winning seats breakdown
Political group Total
SWAPO Party 77
Democratic Turnhalle Alliance (DTA) 5
Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) 3
United Democratic Front (UDF) 2
National Unity Democratic Organisation (Nudo) 2
All People's Party (APP) 2
Workers Revolutionary Party (WRP) 2
South-West African National Union of Namibia (SWANU) 1
United People's Movement (UPM) 1
Radical Party 1
Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
61
Number of women elected
43
Percentage of women elected The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women elected in the election and the number of seats at stake at the election.
44.79%
Note on the Distribution of seats according to sex
Forty women were directly elected while three others were appointed by the President.
Sources
National Assembly (02.02.2015, 09.03.2018) Electoral Commission of Namibia
Women Directly Elected
40
Women Appointed
3

New legislature

Total number of men after the election The total number of male parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
61
Total number of women after the election The total number of female parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
43
First-term parliamentarians The number of members who are assuming their parliamentary mandate for the first time following the election or renewal, regardless of their mode of designation.
53
Date of the first session The date when the newly elected parliament/chamber was convened for the first time. It may be different from the date when members were sworn in.
20.03.2015
First Speaker of the new legislature
First Speaker of the new legislature First name of the Speaker of the new legislature following the election or renewal.
Peter Katjavivi (Male)
Political party
SWAPO Party
Date of election
20.03.2015