Namibia PM is New President

Namibia PM is New PresidentNamibia PM is New President

Namibian Prime Minister Hage Geingob has won the country’s presidential election, the Electoral Commission said Monday, with the ruling SWAPO party securing a landslide win in national polls billed as the continent’s first e-vote.

SWAPO presidential candidate Geingob becomes president-elect with a massive haul of 87 percent of the vote.

In the race for the legislature, SWAPO took 80 percent of the vote in a turnout of 72 percent of registered voters.

Forged in the anti-colonial and anti-apartheid struggle, the South West Africa People’s Organization (SWAPO) has won every election since Namibia’s independence in 1990.

About 1.2 million Namibians were eligible to cast their vote on Friday on nearly 4,000 electronic voting machines across the vast desert nation.

Other African countries have run pilot or limited e-voting, but none have done so on this scale.