Windhoek: Namibia’s incumbent President Hage Geingob has won a second term, securing 56.3 percent of the vote in the presidential election, the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) said. Geingob on Saturday defeated independent candidate Panduleni Itula, who received 29.4 percent, Xinhua news agency reported, citing ECN.
Despite a clear victory over his nearest competitors, the levels of support for Geingob were significantly lower than in the 2014 elections, when he received 87 percent of the popular vote. “I wish to thank Namibians for re-electing me as their president. I am humbled and commit to serve the Namibian nation with more passion and utmost dedication, to bring tangible improvements in the lives of our citizens. I have heard you,” Geinob wrote on his Twitter account on Saturday morning, hours before the official results were declared. Bernadus Swartbooi, candidate for the Landless Workers’ Movement – centered on complaints against the unequal land ownership system – only secured 2.7 percent of the votes, while Esther Muinjangue, the country’s first female presidential candidate, got 1.5 percent. (IANS)