Namibia

National Assembly

Political system
Presidential-Parliamentary
Structure of parliament
Bicameral
IPU membership
Yes

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)
27 Nov 2019
Date of dissolution of the outgoing legislature
No information available
Timing of election
Upon normal expiry
Expected date of next elections
27 Nov 2024
Number of seats at stake
96
Scope of elections
Full renewal

Candidates

Number of parties contesting the election
15

Voter turnout

Registered voters
1,358,468
Voters
820,227
Voter turnout
60.4%

Results

About the election

President Hage Geingob’s SWAPO Party lost its two-thirds majority in the 104-member National Assembly (see note), winning 63 seats, down from 77 in 2014. The Popular Democratic Movement (PDM, formerly Democratic Turnhalle Alliance), led by Mr. McHenry Venaani, more than tripled its share to 16 seats. In the presidential elections held in parallel with the parliamentary polls, Mr. Geingob was re-elected President. His closest rival, Mr. Panduleni Itula (a SWAPO member who stood as an independent candidate), was supported by two opposition parties: The Namibia Economic Freedom Fighters (NEFF) and the Republican Party of Namibia (RP).

The 2019 elections were the first to be held after the economic slowdown which began in 2016. The unemployment rate remains high, in particular among young people. During election campaigning, the major parties focused on land redistribution, housing provision, fighting corruption and reducing the size of government. Two weeks before the polls, a major corruption scandal (related to the allocation of fishing quotas) involving two cabinet ministers dominated the election debate.

Note:

In addition to 96 directly elected members, eight non-voting members are appointed by the President of the Republic.

Number of parties winning seats
11
Percentage of parties winning seats
73.3%
Percentage of seats won by largest party or coalition
65.6%
Alternation of power after elections
No

Parties or coalitions winning seats

Parties or coalitions winning seats
Political group Total
SWAPO Party 63
Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) 16
Landless People's Movement (LPM) 4
All People's Party (APP) 2
Namibian Economic Freedom Fighters (NEFF) 2
National Unity Democratic Organisation (NUDO) 2
Republican Party of Namibia (RP) 2
United Democratic Front (UDF) 2
Christian Democratic Voice Party (CDV) 1
Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) 1
SWANU of Namibia (SWANU) 1
Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
59
Number of women elected
45
Percentage of women elected
43.3%
Women Directly Elected
41
Women Appointed
4
Other notes on the elections

Preliminary results

Sources

National Assembly (28.01.2020, 23.03.2020)

Official Announcement of the Final Election Results for the 2019 Presidential and National Assembly Elections by ECN Chairperson, 30 November 2019

https://www.ecn.na/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Statistics-as-at-6-Nov-2019-Report.pdf

BBC

namibian.com.na

aljazeera.com

New legislature

Total number of men after the election
59
Total number of women after the election
45
Percentage of women after the election
43.3%
First-term parliamentarians
No information available
Percentage of first-term parliamentarians
No information available
Date of the first session
20 Mar 2020

First Speaker of the new legislature

Personal details for the first Speaker of the new legislature
Peter Katjavivi (Male)
Date of birth: 12 May 1941
Political party
SWAPO Party
Date of election
20 Mar 2020

Historical data for IPU membership

Historical data for IPU membership
Year IPU membership
2020-09
List of values for 2020-09
No
2019-04
List of values for 2019-04
No
2018-06
List of values for 2018-06
No