Namibian opposition takes landslide election result to court

By Incorrect Author 17 December 2009

It may be too little, too late, but Namibia’s opposition parties are challenging the results of November’s election in court. They claim that 180,000 officially registered voters did not exist, among a population of two million, of which half the citizens are registered voters. The ruling South West Africa People’s Organisation won an average 75% of both the parliamentary and presidential votes, but nine out of 14 opposition parties want a recount. Before the vote took place, the national electoral commission denied the voters' roll included constituencies that were listed twice, voters who were listed twice, and those too young to vote. African observers said the elections were “largely free and fair”, with the main opposition Rally for Democracy and Progress winning 11.3% of the vote. The alleged missing voters constitute nearly 20% of the total, meaning if there was electoral skulduggery, Swapo could expect to lose a large percentage of its landslide win. Read more: BBC, Mail & Guardian

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