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Live Blog-03-12-2014

Dec 2 2014: Although the national turnout out figure is 72%, there are a number of constituencies with over 100% turnout or almost 100% turnout. Most are in the far north of the country. This is possible due to the tendered votes system which allows Namibian voters to cast their ballots anywhere in the country and not just in their home constituency. In the interests of transparency, Election Watch is requesting the ECN to release the number of tendered votes cast in each constituency.

100% or over
Windhoek East 120.50%
Ohangwena 105.62%
Karasburg West 102.37%
Okatana 100%
Okatyali 100%
Omatako 100%
Ondangwa Urban 100%
Windhoek Rural 100%

Almost 100%
Eengodi 99.65%
Uuvudhiya 99.58%
Okaku 98.17%
Uukwiyu 96.70%
Nehale Lya Mpingana 95.94%
Ompundja 95.83%

Dec 2 2014: Here is a list of the MPs elected as a result of the National Assembly election. We expect some changes in the Swapo list ahead of March 21 next year when MPs will be sworn in. Some MPs-elect will be offered other jobs, such as Regional Governor positions, in an effort to move people up the list and bring into contention key Geingob supporter and Hardap Governor Katrina Hanse-Himarwa and struggle veteran and current Youth Minister Jerry Ekandjo, who just missed out on seats. Meanwhile, there is some speculation that Hidipo Hamutenya, the leader of the RDP and the first name on the party's candidate list, will stand down as an MP and as RDP President prior to the swearing in of National Assembly members. Geingob also has to choose eight appointed MPs. Previously he was expected to appoint technocrats and experienced people from outside Swapo structures to bolster his cabinet. However, he is also under pressure to bring back 'old guard' figures like Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana and Albert Kawana who fared badly in the electoral congress that chose the order of the candidate list. Several names are already the subject of keen speculation to fill the eight appointee positions - they include gender activist Veronica de Klerk, churchman and former deputy speaker Zephania Kameeta, former head of Old Mutual Africa Johannes !Gawaxab, academic and researcher Andre du Pisani, and academic and public speaker Joe Diescho.

Who’s in parliament:

Swapo

1. Nangolo Mbumba
2. Laura McLeod
3. Pohamba Shifeta
4. Agnes Kafula
5. Sebastian Karupu
6. Lucia Iipumbu
7. Bernard Esau
8. Priscilla Beukes
9. Tjekero Tweya
10. Lucia Witbooi
11. Charles Namoloh
12. Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah
13. Veikko Nekundi
14. Johanna Kandjimi
15. John Mutorwa
16. Alexia Manombe-Ncube
17. Alfeus !Naruseb
18. Doreen Sioka
19. Natangwe Iithete
20. Sophia Shaningwa
21. Tom Alweendo
22. Juliet Kavetuna
23. Calle Schlettwein
24. Christine //Hoebes
25. Erastus Uutoni
26. Sylvia Makgone
27. Engel Nawatiseb
28. Agnes Tjongarero
29. Nicky Iyambo
30. Anna Shiweda
31. Asser Kapere
32. Lidwina Shapwa
33. Frans Kapofi
34. Ndilipo Namupala
35. Peter Katjavivi
36. Maureen Hinda-Mbaziira
37. Pieter van der Walt
38. Aino Kapewangolo
39. Hamunyera Hambyuka
40. Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila
41. Penda Ya Ndakolo
42. Bernadette Jagger
43. Erkki Nghimtina
44. Lucia Nghaamwa
45. Sankwasa James Sankwasa
46. Kornelia Shilunga
47. Sakeus Shanghala
48. Anna Hipondoka
49. Leon Jooste
50. Priscilla Kavita
51. Stanley Simataa
52. Rebecca Iipinge
53. Derek Klazen
54. Sophia Swartz
55. Usko Nghaamwa
56. Itah Kandji-Murangi
57. Immanuel Ngatjizeko
58. Eveline Taeyele-Nawases
59. Samuel Chief Ankama
60. Becky Ndjoze-Ojo
61. Tommy Nambahu
62. Annakletha Sikerete
63. /Ui/o/oo Royal
64. Faustina Caley
65. Alpheus Muheua
66. Emilia Amupewa
67. Daniel Kashikola
68. Margaret Mahoto
69. Billy Mwaningange
70. Marina Kandumbu
71. Utoni Nujoma
72. Loide Kasingo
73. Peya Mushelenga
74. Norah Munsu
75. Bernardus Swartbooi
76. Ida Hoffman
77. Leevi Katoma

DTA

1. McHenry Venaani
2. Jennifer Van den Heever
3. Vipuakuje Muharukua
4. Elma Dienda
5. Nicolaas Albertus Smit

RDP

1. Hidipo Hamutenya
2 Steve Bezuidehout
3. Mike Kavekotora

UDF

1. Aphius !Auxab
2. Dudu Murorua

APP

1. Ignatius Shixwameni
2. Madala Nauyoma

Nudo

1. Asser Mbai
2. Muendju Janika

WRP

1. Willem Beukes
2. Benson Kaapala

RP

Henk Mudge

Swanu

Usutuaije Maamberua

UPM

Jan Johannes van Wyk

20h45: We are signing off for tonight. Check in tomorrow and follow our Facebook and Twitter accounts. There will certainly be more fall-out from this election. Resignations among top opposition figures are expected, there is talk of a legal challenge from some opposition parties, and then there will be the comments of the winner and the ruling party's leaders. How will they use this huge mandate? What do they envision for the next five years?

20h45:
Biggest winner: Swapo...up from 74% in 2009 to 80%
Biggest loser: RDP...down from 11% to 3.5%
Surprise package: WRP...taking 2 seats in NA

20h15: Ceremony comes to an end. Rather a low-key atmosphere considering the size of the victory for the Swapo presidential candidate and his party. Not much clapping or cheering. McHenry Venaani almost stole the show with the best speech and a photo op he set up for himself with the winner. The real party will be happening at the Swapo HQ on the edge of Katutura tonight.

20h00: McHenry Venaani of DTA - as the second runner - makes a speech. Says Geingob has run a good race. We must become bigger friends even in defeat. Says he will keep govt on its toes, offer advice and bring forward new ideas. Shakes hands with Geingob in the spirit of democracy.

19h55: President-elect Geingob goes to the podium to speak.Says he will a president for all Namibians - no Namibian must feel left out. Geingob thanks ECN for having 'delivered'. Thanks the nation and media - and Namibians for a peaceful campaign

19h50: President Pohamba takes stage. Says that "The people have spoken. Democracy is healthy and alive in Namibia." “Despite challenges, ECN conducted credible, modern & successful elections that comply with regional and international standards.”

19h45: Hage Geingob declared president-elect. WIll be sworn into office on March 21 2015

19h40:
Total votes: 893,643
Quota of votes: 9308
DTA, Nudo, RDP, RP, Swanu, Swapo and UPM all received one extra seat via the surplus system

19h30: Presidential

Hage Geingob 772,528
Hidipo Hamutenya 30,197
Usutuaije Maamberua 5,028
Asser Mbai 16,740
Henry Mudge 8,676
Epafras Mukwilongo 2,514
Ignatius Shixwameni 7,266
Benjamin Ulenga 3,518
McHenry Venaani 44,271

19h30: NA seat allocation

APP 2
CDVP 0
COD 0
DPN 0
DTA 5
MAG 0
NEFF 0
NDP 0
NUDO 2
RDP 3
RP 1
SWANU 1
SWAPO 77
UDF 2
UPM 1
WRP 2

19h30 (Dec 1): NA Results

APP 20 431
CDVP 2606
COD 3404
DPN 1131
DTA 42 933
MAG 3073
NEFF 3259
NDP 1389
NUDO 17 942
RDP 31 372
RP 6099
SWANU 6354
SWAPO 715 026
UDF 18 945
UPM 6353
WRP 13328

Total votes: 893,643

Quota of votes: 9308

17h50 (Dec 1): Results announcement now scheduled for 19h00.

14h30 (Dec 1): This drawn-out wait for final results continues. Here at the results centre the ECN has released 92 verified constituency results - 29 to go. Swapo is at 78% support, while Geingob is at 86%. It is looking increasingly like an evening announcement of the final results.

09h15 (Dec 1): It appears as if Namibia's opposition parties have been all but obliterated by a huge landslide victory for Swapo and its presidential candidate Hage Geingob. Official final results and the allocation of seats in the National Assembly is expected to be confirmed this afternoon. Latest tallies from the ECN put Swapo on 77% and Geingob on 87%. However, Swapo's internal count based on reports from party agents at constituency centres puts the party at 82% with only a few results outstanding. Presidential candidate Geingob is on 88%. These results have not been confirmed by ECN. It appears that with most of the late results coming from Swapo's heartlands in the north, the opposition share of the vote has diminished further to the point where Swapo is likely to gain at least 78 seats in the 96-member National Assembly.

21h35 (Nov 30): Chief Electoral Officer Prof Isaak - ECN still verifying results. Wants to ensure accuracy. Therefore the final announcement will only take place at unspecified time Monday. We'll be back tomorrow.

16h00 (Nov 30): We have been on 46 confirmed constituency results for several hours. There are still 75 to go. It is looking increasingly unlikely that we will have results tonight. Off the record ECN officials indicate that the delays are due to discrepancies on various documents sent to the results centre from constituencies. The discrepancies are put down to human error. Many results have to be sent back to constituencies for correction. Of course, the longer this goes on, the more suspicion it fuels that something untoward is happening. It appears that most constituencies have now reported to the central results centre but the verification process is taking far longer than anticipated due these errors.

14h45 (Nov 30): The African Union in its statement said any amendments to the legal framework for elections should take place a reasonable time before Election Day to enable that ECN to have adequate time to plan and operationalise the new law and to also sensitise the electorate on the new legal provisions. Namibia was very late in introducing a new Electoral Act which caused problems for all stakeholders. In addition, the AU wants to see simplified polling station procedures; improved training of staff; improve efficiency of mobile polling stations; and inclusion of security personnel in early voting. Importantly, the AU called on Namibia "to ratify the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Democracy to further strengthen and entrench democratic governance in Namibia in line with its international obligation". Namibia signed the Charter in 2007 but never ratified it in parliament.

13h15 (Nov 30): Both the African Union and SADC have declared Namibia's elections free and fair, even though less than a quarter of results have been confirmed and a final announcement of results looks increasingly unlikely today. The Head of SADC Electoral Observer Mission, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, told a press conference that the elections were free, fair, transparent, credible and peaceful. She said there were only isolated incidents of violence and intimidation during campaign. Among a limited number of recommendations were a calls for greater civic education and that ECN should allow security and essential personnel to vote on a special day.

09h45 (Nov 30): ECN has verified & announced 24 out of 121 constituency results so far. 97 more constituencies to go … long day ahead. From verified and unverified constituency results analysed by Election Watch, Swapo's share of vote remains same as 2009 at 74%. Preliminary results have opposition taking 26% of total vote. Top 5 opposition: DTA 6.0%, RDP 4.3%, UDF 3.5%, APP 2.7%, NUDO 2.2%.

23h30 (Nov 29): 24 hours after the close of polls, ECN has only confirmed results for 16 of Namibia's 121 constituencies. The ECN has just confirmed that it has suspended results announcements until 07h00 (Nov 30). Preliminary results that Election Watch has gathered so far (based on 255,466 votes) shows Swapo in lead with 75%. DTA next @ 6%, RDP @ 4%. In the presidential vote, Swapo's candidate Hage Geingob continues about 10% ahead of his party's performance. Swapo has dominated in most constituencies - losing only in Rehoboth Urban West (by just 2 votes) to UPM, Opuwo Rural (to DTA), and Aminuis (to Nudo) so far.

17h15: From the results we have collected so far for 15 constituencies (National Assembly), the overall turnout is 64%. The constituencies are: Daures, Karibib, Omaruru, Walvis Bay Urban, Walvis Bay Rural, Gibeon, Rehoboth Urban East, Berseba, Naminus, Opuwo, Gobabis, Grootfontein, Otavi, Otjiwaringo and Tsumkwe

16h15: Results have more or less stopped from ECN with only unofficial but mostly reliable results emanating from media outlets. From results collated by Election Watch for 13 constituencies, Swapo leads with 69%, DTA 8.5%, UDF 5%, and RDP 3.8% in the National Assembly vote. In the presidential vote we only have results from 8 constituencies. Geingob is leading on 82% followed by Venaani on 9% and Hamutenya on 3.7%.

10h45: We are seeing clear evidence of the 'Geingob' effect boosting the Swapo vote in certain areas. In Daures (Erongo region) Swapo took the initiative in a former UDF stronghold. Swapo took 37% of the vote up from 24% in 2009. The UDF saw its vote share go down from 39% in 2009 to 31%. Nudo dropped from 17% to 9%, while DTA upped its share from 6% to 10%. Geingob is also trending several percentage points above Swapo in most constituencies so far declared. The battle between the DTA and RDP for official opposition status is looking like a close one. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter for more detailed info and analysis.

10h00: Results dribbling in. Otavi, Karibib and Gibeon so far. All showing strong support for Swapo but even stronger support for Geingob. DTA is up in these constituencies and RDP is down. No other parties making a mark. Foreign Mission results have 92% for Geingob. Check our Facebook and Twitter accounts for latest results and analysis - Election Watch Namibia. Also www.elections.na which has the ECN's official results service

06h30: No constituency results as yet. We are waiting for ECN to confirm and announce results. People reportedly voting at some polling stations at later than 3am in the morning.

20h30: Queues still reported in high density areas in Windhoek and across the north. Voting will go on long after 21h00 in these places. Anyone in line at 21h00 is still entitled to vote. Most commonly reported problem concerns voter verification devices. Presiding officers admitted to Election Watch that polling officials had not been trained properly to use them. Some of these devices rejected some voters' fingerprints causing extra paperwork as voters details had to be entered on a form. All this led to large queues building during the morning. Even though the situation improved in the afternoon, voting was still slow in many areas - with voters taking at least twice as long as the ECN had said (3m 30s) to pass through polling stations. Observers and voters also reported that some voters did not know how to use EVMs further slowing the process - a sign of voter education deficiencies. The ECN cannot declare a second day of voting - so voters will have to stay in line if they want to vote. For some it could be early hours of the morning before they can vote. Despite this we still expect some results to come through in the early hours of the morning. We will be posting results and analysis on this blog as well as on our Facebook and Twitter pages (look for Election Watch Namibia)

Long queues still the order of the day. But Namibians for the most part are waiting patiently. More problems with Voter Verification Devices being reported than with EVMS. Most problems reported in Windhoek area. Smaller population centres seem to have better and smoother experiences in general . Polling stations will stay open after 21h00 so that those in the queues then can still vote. One polling official in Katutura said they expect to be working til 2am receiving voters.

Frustration growing as the queues lengthen in many places across Namibia. Malfunctioning EVMs and voter verification devices are being cited as reasons for delays. Ill-trained or incompetent ECN staff also a factor. Voters are not passing through many polling stations in high density areas quickly enough to ensure everyone can vote today. We could see long queues still at polling stations at 21h00 when polls close. There is an option of extending voting into a second day if necessary.

Slow progress at many Windhoek polling stations this morning. Doors have been closed at Suiderhof Primary School after President voted - no one knows why. Dagbreek school and Eros Post Office effectively closed due to EVM malfunctions … some people leaving the queues in frustration. We have received few reports from other regions - although problems were reported at HP Campus Ongwediva and Katima Combined School.

In Windhoek problems with EVMs reported at Eros Post Office, Dagbreek School, Delta, and Martti Ahtisaari school - officials waiting for technicians to arrive. ECN has only 140 IT staff countrywide and there are 31 Indian technicians - will it be enough?

Receiving a few reports of malfunctioning EVMs including at Unam Campus Ongwediva and at several places in WIndhoek. At other places polling stations have not opened and voters in the queues do not why. Queue said to be over 2km long at Van Rhyn School in Windhoek but people are voting. Patience will be required. Hopefully, these are teething problems that will be sorted out soon…

Tell us how the voting went for you?
How long was the queue? How long did you have to wait before you entered the polling station?
Did the officials use the Voter Verification Device to check you are on the voters register? Did it work as you expected? Was it quick?
Was your hand checked for invisible ink marks using ultra-violet light?
Was your thumb marked with ink and was the strength of the ink adequate?
Did the ballot unit of the EVM work as you expected? Any problems experienced?
How long did it take you to pass through the polling station?
How was the general atmosphere around and inside the polling station?
Were the polling officials helpful and courteous?
Do you think EVMs are an improvement on the old ballot paper?

Make sure to mention the name of the polling station where you voted.

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