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NAMIBIA ELECTIONS 2009 FACTSHEET
Namibia was called South West Africa until independence in 1990. The country had its first elections in 1990, which is four general elections since independence. The president is elected for a five-year term by the people. Parliament has two chambers. The National Assembly has 78 members, elected for a five-year term, 72 members elected by proportional representation and 6 members appointed by the president. The National Council has 26 members, elected for a six-year term in double-seat constituencies (regions).
At independence, Namibia adopted a constitution as a fundamental law of the country. The constitution characterized the country as a republic that is a sovereign, secular, democratic and unitary state. Although regular elections were held in Namibia prior to independence (in 1990), these elections were run on exclusionist basis for separate administrative authorities of whites and blacks at various level of government. In actual fact, no common roll existed prior to independence. As a result, the independence elections in December 1989 were run without a national voter register. The basis of the legal and operational framework for these elections was agreed upon among the stakeholders: the South African government, the UN and political parties. This framework provided for, among other things, that the South African government would administer and conduct the elections while the United Nations Transition Assistance Group (UNTAG) would monitor and satisfy itself with the process and eventually pronounce itself on free-ness and fairness of the process.
Date of election: - 27th November, 2009
Presidential Election Results - SWAPO (Hifikepunye Pohamba) 76.42%
RDP (Hidipo Hamutenya) 11.08%
Type of election - Presidential and Parliamentary
Democratic Turnhalle Alliance
DTA of Namibia, Monitor Action Group (MAG)
Namibia Democratic Movement for Change
Republican Party (RP)
National Unity Democratic Organisation
(Nudo of Namibia)
United Democratic Front (UDF)
The Namibia Democratic Movement for Change
The National Democratic Party (NDP)
South West Africa National Union (Swanu’s)
Democratic Party of Namibia (DPN)
All People’s Party (APP)
Congress of Democrats (CoD)
Democratic Party of Namibia (DPN