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Namibia’s Swapo leads preliminary poll results

01 December 2014, 10:11

Windhoek - Namibia's ruling party looks set for a sixth straight election victory on Monday, according to a second round of preliminary results.

With slightly more than half of votes counted, the South-West Africa People's Organisation (Swapo) party - in power since 1990 - was leading the polls with 77%.

The party's candidate for president, Hage Geingob, received 86% of votes in a presidential election also held on Friday.

Geingob, who served twice as prime minister in the former German colony rich in diamonds and uranium, faced eight challengers.

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On Saturday, the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) had released a first round of preliminary data putting Swapo in the lead with slightly more than 66% of the vote.

About 1.2 million Namibians were eligible to vote in Friday's first electronic polls in Africa. The electoral commission pegs voter turnout at 69%.

More than 40% of Namibia's population live in poverty. In addition to diamond and uranium extraction, Namibia is also a major travel destination, drawing tourists to the Namib desert that runs along its coast.



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