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Namibians Vote for President, Assembly

  • VOA News

Namibians are voting in presidential and legislative elections Friday.

The poll is widely expected to deliver a comfortable win for the ruling South West People's Organization (SWAPO), which has won every election since Namibia's independence from South Africa in 1990.

Analysts say current Prime Minister Hage Geingob is the man almost certain to be named the next president. Current President Hifikepunye Pohamba is stepping down after two terms.

Voters will also elect 96 members of the National Assembly.

Namibia's 1.2 million eligible voters will use electronic voting machines for the first time Friday.

Namibia enjoys political stability and benefits from major diamond and uranium reserves, but its citizens suffer from a high poverty rate.

SWAPO is the largest party in the country, but has received increasing criticism because of the slow pace of land reform and allegations of government corruption.