Namibia has 121 constituencies and 52 local authorities, which must be contested by the 16 registered parties.

With about a month to go, the ruling party, Swapo, has already bagged 26 constituencies and five local authorities that were not contested.

Most of the uncontested constituencies and authorities are in the northern regions of the country where Swapo had a huge following.

Political parties in Namibia are funded by the National Assembly according to the number of votes they would have got in the Presidential and National Assembly elections.

Namibia paid out 116 million Namibian dollars (120, 500 U.S dollars) for the 2015/16 financial year.
Swapo that has 101 seats received 96 million Namibian dollars (7.2 million U.S dollars) while the official opposition the Democratic Turnhall Alliance (DTA) was given 5.7 million Namibian dollars (430,000 U.S dollars) for its six seats.

The Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) and United Democratic Front (UDF), both with three seats, received 2.8 million Namibian dollars (210,000 U.S dollars) each.

The All People’s Party (APP), National Unity Democratic Organization (Nudo) and the Workers’ Revolutionary Party (WRP), each with two seats got 1.9 million Namibian dollars (143,000 U.S dollars).

One seat holders – the Republican Party (RP), South West Africa National Union (Swanu) and United People’s Movement — received 958, 000 Namibian dollars (72, 000 U.S dollars).

Although the Namibia Freedom Economic Fighters chickened out early in the year because of the use of electronic voting machines, the RDP, the DTA, Nudo and Swanu have contested in some constituencies and authorities.

Asser Mbai who leads Nudo said Monday that although his party did all it could to break into the northern regions, they failed to get any support.

Mbai also said because of lack of resources, his party has chosen to focus on the regions which they think they can get some votes.

“We will go full force in those traditional constituencies,” he said.

Swanu president Usutuaije Maamberua also said his party does not have enough to roll out a full-scale campaign.

“Parties do not always compete everywhere,” Maamberua said.
Even RDP Mike Kavekotora said there was need for his party to consolidate in areas where they have support.
Kavekotora said spreading the competition would only split the opposition vote.

While admitting that his party like any other opposition party does not have much to go around, Kavekotora said there is also need to give other opposition parties chances to get votes.

Swapo Party secretary general Nangolo Mbumba admitted that they have already got some constituencies and authorities in the northern regions of the country. Enditem.

Source: Xinhua


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