South West African legislative election, 1950

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Legislative elections were held in South West Africa on 30 August 1950.[1] The whites-only election saw a victory for the National Party of South West Africa, which won 15 of the 18 seats in the Legislative Assembly.

Electoral system[edit]

Prior to the elections, the electoral system was reformed; previously 12 members had been elected from single-member constituencies and six members appointed by the Administrator. Under the new system, all 18 members were elected in single-member constituencies. Four constituencies (Gibeon, Stampriet, Windhoek Central and Windhoek District) were abolished, leaving the new constituencies as Aroab, Gobabis, Grootfontein, Keetmanshoop, Luderitz, Maltahöhe, Mariental, Okahandja, Otjikondo, Otjiwarongo, Outjo, Rehoboth, Swakopmund, Usakos, Warmbad, Windhoek East, Windhoek North and Windhoek West.[2]


Party Votes % Seats +/−
National Party of South West Africa 12,349 55.14 15 +15
United National South West Party 10,048 44.86 3 –9
Invalid/blank votes
Total 22,397 100 18 0
Registered voters/turnout 23,934
Source: Ngavirue


  1. ^ 1950 Legislative Assembly Election African Elections Database
  2. ^ Zedekia Ngavirue (1997) Political parties and interest groups in South West Africa (Namibia), P Schelttwein Publishing, p302 ISBN 3-908193-00-1