Swapo’s Hakanyome Convincingly Wins Ohangwena By-Election

Swapo again proved a tough nut for the opposition to crack in the just-ended Ohangwena Constituency by-election.

Swapo’s candidate and former schoolteacher Johannes Hakanyome emerged the winner, convincingly beating his opponent and candidate of the Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP), local businessman Vilho Shimwooshili.

Hakanyome obtained 5 827 votes, while the RDP’s candidate only got 945 votes.

A total of 6 772 votes were cast during the by-election on Tuesday as from 07h00 until 21h00 when the polls officially closed.

The overall and final results of the Ohangwena Constituency by-election were officially announced by Lisias Kandjene Haiduwa, the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN)’s Returning Officer responsible for this by-election in the early hours of Wednesday at about 01h30.

This was done shortly after all the results obtained from the 33 fixed-point polling stations were verified by the ECN officials in the presence of the representatives of the two political parties which took part in the by-election at the Ohangwena Constituency Council’s office.

Hakanyome is expected to be sworn-in as the duly- elected councillor for the Ohangwena Constituency on Wednesday.

Voting commenced without any hiccups at the various polling stations visited by Nampa between 07h00 and 08h00 on Tuesday morning.

This by-election was necessitated by the death of former Swapo-Party councillor Maria Kombwana, who died earlier this year due to a cancer-related illness.

Ohangwena is a constituency in the Ohangwena Region on the border with neighbouring Angola.

It has a population of 17 539 inhabitants, and the district centre of the constituency is the town of Ohangwena.

Other centres and settlements are Omafo, Onhuno and Ongha.

A total of 11 322 people were registered as potential voters for Tuesday’s by-election.


Source : The Namibian