Windhoek West low voters’ turnout disappoints Pohamba

WINDHOEK; President Hifikepunye Pohamba has expressed dissatisfaction with the low voter turnout during the recent Windhoek West Constituency by-election.

Over 27 000 Windhoek West residents were registered to vote, and only 3 398 cast their votes.

Pohamba expressed his displeasure about the voter apathy during the Swapo-Party election campaign fundraising gala dinner held in Windhoek on Thursday evening.

The dinner was held in view of the Presidential and National Assembly elections slated for next Friday.

The Head of State, however, was glad with the turnout of voters during the by-election conducted at the Endola Constituency in the Ohangwena Region on 07 November this year.

A total of 7 332 out of more than 11 000 registered voters participated during that by-election.

The two by-elections were as result of the death of the two regional councillors earlier this year.

“Gathering in big numbers at election campaign rallies that we held at different places around the country is not voting,” said Pohamba, who is also the president of the ruling Swapo-Party.

He, therefore, called upon eligible voters across the country to go out in big numbers on 28 November and vote for his party and its presidential candidate, Hage Geingob to emerge victorious.

Pohamba told his audience that he will be a happy man to see Geingob elected as the country’s next Head of State, and described him as an administrator and educator.

Geingob himself, founding president Dr Sam Nujoma, Swapo-Party Secretary-General Nangolo Mbumba and his deputy Laura McLeod-Katjirua also attended the gala dinner along with hundreds of the party’s supporters and sympathisers.