List of political parties in Namibia
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Namibia is a one party dominant state with the South-West Africa People's Organisation in power. Opposition parties are allowed, but are widely considered to have no real chance of gaining power. In Namibian politics, ethnicity plays a significant role in party affiliation and voting behaviour. Some parties are dominated by single ethnic groups; SWAPO itself, its government, and administration, is pre-dominantly Ovambo.
Parties with parliamentary seats
- SWAPO Party (77)
- Democratic Turnhalle Alliance, in 2017 renamed Popular Democratic Movement (PDM, 5)
- Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP, 3)
- All People's Party (APP, 2)
- United Democratic Front (UDF, 2)
- National Unity Democratic Organisation (NUDO, 2)
- Workers Revolutionary Party (WRP, 2)
- Republican Party (RP, 1)
- South West African National Union (SWANU, 1)
- United People's Movement (UPM, 1)
The following parties contested the 2014 parliamentary elections but did not gain a seat, in the order of votes obtained:
- Congress of Democrats (CoD)
- Namibian Economic Freedom Fighters (NEFF)
- Monitor Action Group (MAG)
- Christian Democratic Voice (CDV)
- National Democratic Party (NDP)
- Democratic Party of Namibia (DPN)
The following parties were founded after the 2014 parliamentary elections:
Parties of local relevance
- Civic Association of Henties Bay, 1 seat in Henties Bay
- Karibib Residents Association, 1 seat in Karibib
- Swakopmund Residents Association, 1 seat in Swakopmund
- Rundu Concerned Citizens Association, 1 seat in Rundu
- Communist Party of Namibia
- Democratic Action for Namas
- Gobabis Residents' Association
- Namibia African People's Democratic Organisation
- Namibian Democratic Movement for Change
- National Progressive Party (Namibia)
- Riemvasmaak United Party
- United Nama Independence People's Party
- United Namib Independence Party
- United Namibia People's Party
- Banned parties
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