South West African legislative election, 1945

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Legislative elections were held in South West Africa on 19 May 1945.[1] The whites-only election saw a victory for the United National South West Party, which won all 12 elected seats in the Legislative Assembly.

Electoral system[edit]

The Legislative Assembly had 18 seats, of which twelve were elected in single-member constituencies, and six were appointed by the territory's Administrator, Petrus Imker Hoogenhout. The twelve constituencies were Gibeon, Gobabis, Grootfontein, Keetmanshoop, Luderitz, Okahandja, Otjiwarongo, Stampriet, Swakopmund, Warmbad, Windhoek Central and Windhoek District.[2]


For the first time, all 12 constituencies were contested.[3] Of the six members appointed by Administrator, four were from the United National South West Party and two from the National Party.[2]

Party Votes % Seats +/−
United National South West Party 5,485 60.29 12 +2
National Party of South West Africa 3,154 34.67 0 –2
Independents 459 5.05 0 0
Invalid/blank votes
Appointed members 6 0
Total 9,098 100 18 0
Registered voters/turnout 12,358
Source: Ngavirue


  1. ^ 19 May 1945 Legislative Assembly Election African Elections Database
  2. ^ a b Zedekia Ngavirue (1997) Political parties and interest groups in South West Africa (Namibia), P Schelttwein Publishing, p302 ISBN 3-908193-00-1
  3. ^ Ngavirue, pp301–302