2019 Namibian general election

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General elections will be held in Namibia on 27 November 2019. The elections will be the second on the African continent to use electronic voting.[1][2][3]

A total of ten candidates are expected to run for the presidency, whilst 16 political parties contested the National Assembly elections in 2014. Hage Geingob of the ruling SWAPO party, won the previous presidential elections with 87% of the vote in 2014.  SWAPO also won the National Assembly elections, taking 80% of the vote that year. 


In 2008, the SWAPO Central Committee produced a policy document stating that the party's candidate would be chosen for each election among the top four Committee members. In March 2011 SWAPO declared that whoever was the party's vice-president following the forthcoming party elections would also be the party's candidate in 2014 for president.[4] Some high-level party members, particularly Kazenambo Kazenambo, advocated that SWAPO choose a non-Ovambo candidate, as the first two Presidents, Sam Nujoma and Pohamba, were from the Ovambo people. Others advocated the selection of a woman.[4] SWAPO indicated that the candidate would be chosen democratically in the 2012 party election.[4]

SWAPO is viewed as the clear favorite going into the 2019 election although the rise of new parties such as the Landless People's Movement would most likely led to a split of votes.[5]

Parliamentary election[edit]

In 2014, the ruling SWAPO announced a gender equality system where women would fill half of their seats in parliament. The party also embraced what it called a "zebra system", whereby if a minister was a woman, the deputy minister would be a man, and vice versa. Because there were more male SWAPO MPs than female MPs, SWAPO put forward plans to expand parliament to remove the risk of male MPs losing their seats as a result of this gender policy.[6]


The results are expected to be announced a day after the election day.


  1. ^ "Namibia to be Africa's first to use e-voting". bdlive.co.za. 15 November 2014. Retrieved 15 November 2014.
  2. ^ https://www.namibian.com.na/155930/archive-read/DTA-prepares-for-2019-elections |  DTA prepares for 2019 elections - The Namibian
  3. ^ https://www.namibian.com.na/74365/read/Geingob-promises-accountability-in-2019 | Geingob promises accountability in 2019 - The Namibian
  4. ^ a b c Presidential race thrown wide open New Era, 14 March 2011
  5. ^ https://www.lelamobile.com/content/78576/Expect-more-promises-in-2019-Kamwanyah/ Lela Mobile Online - Expect more promises in 2019: Kamwanyah
  6. ^ Namibia's 'zebra' politics could make it stand out from the global herd The Guardian, 8 July 2014