ElectionGudie

Nov. 27, 2019 Confirmed

Namibia

Republic of Namibia

Election for Namibian National Assembly

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At Stake in this Election:       

96 seats in Namibia’s National Assembly *

* A 2014 electoral law increased the number of seats to 96 from 72[1].

Government Structure:

  • Chief of State: President Hage GEINGOB (since March 21, 2015)
  • Head of Government: President Hage GEINGOB (since March 21, 2015)
  • Assembly: Namibia has a bicameral Legislature consisting of the National Council with 26 seats and the National Assembly with 96 seats.

Electoral System:

  • The President is elected by plurality vote to serve a 5-year term.
  • In the National Council 26 members are elected by indirect vote to serve 6-year terms.*
  • In the National Assembly, 96 members are elected through a closed-list proportional representation system to serve 5-year terms and 6 non-voting members are appointed by the president.**

* Two members are chosen from each of the 13 regional councils by members of those councils.

** There are 13 multi-member constituencies corresponding to Namibia's regions.

Main Parties in this Election:

There are 15 political parties that submitted lists for the National Assembly.

  • Party: All People’s Party (APP)
    • Leader: Ignatius SHIXWAMENI
    • Seats won in last election: 2
  • Party: Christian Democratic Voice (CDV)
    • Leader: Faustus THOMAS
    • Seats won in last election: 0
  • Party: Congress of Democrats (COD)
    • Leader: Ben ULENGA
    • Seats won in last election: 0
  • Party: Landless People’s Movement (LPM)
    • Leader:                 Bernadus SWARTBOOI
    • Seats won in last election: N/A
  • Party: Namibia Economic Freedom Fighters (NEFF)
    • Leader:                 Epafras MUKWIILONGO
    • Seats won in last election: 0
  • Party: Namibia Patriotic Front (NPF)
    • Leader: Uapiruka PAPAMA (Acting Secretary-General)
    • Seats won in last election: N/A
  • Party: National Democratic Party (NDP)
    • Leader: N/A
    • Seats won in last election: 0
  • Party: National Unity Democratic Organisation (NUDO)
    • Leader: Esther Utjiua MUINJANGUE
    • Seats won in last election: 2
  • Party: Popular Democratic Movement (PDM)
    • Leader:                 McHenry VENAANI
    • Seats won in last election: 5
  • Party: Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP)
    • Leader: Mike KAVEKOTORA
    • Seats won in last election: 3
  • Party: Republican Party (RP)
    • Leader: Henk MUDGE
    • Seats won in last election: 1
  • Party: SWANU of Namibia (SWANU)
    • Leader: Tangeni IIJAMBO
    • Seats won in last election: 1
  • Party: SWAPO Party of Namibia (SWAPO)
    • Leader: Hage GEINGOB
    • Seats won in last election: 77
  • Party: United Democratic Front of Namibia (UDF)
    • Leader:                 Justus GAROËB (Former Leader)
    • Seats won in last election: 2
  • Party: Workers Revolutionary Party (WRP)
    • Leader: Attie BEUKES, Harry BOESAK
    • Seats won in last election: 2

Population and Registered Voters:

  • Population: 2,495,000[2]
  • Registered Voters: 1,358,468 (2019)[3]

Gender Data:

  • Female Population: 1,286,000[4]
  • Is Namibia a signatory to CEDAW: No
  • Has Namibia ratified CEDAW: Yes (23 November 1992)[5]
  • Gender Quota: No
  • Female Candidates in this election:
  • Number of Female Legislators: 48 (46%)[6]
  • Human Development Index (HDI) Position: 129[7]
  • Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: Low[8]

Disability Data:

  • Is Namibia a signatory to CRPD: Yes (25 April 2007)[9]
  • Has Namibia ratified CRPD: Yes 4 December 2007)[10]
  • Population with a disability: 331,846 (2019 est.)[11]