The competition was tough, but it wasn’t war: Geingob

The competition was tough, but it wasn’t war: Geingob
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Incumbent President Hage Geingob whose popularity waned by 31 percentage points from the 87% he received from the electorate five years ago, has admitted that this year’s Presidential election was a tough one.
The results announced by Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) Chairperson Advocate Notemba Tjipueja revealed that Geingob received 464 703 (56,3%) of the possible 826 198 votes.
Accepting the outcome of the election here on Saturday night, Geingob acknowledged that he faced stiff competition from his 10 competitors to retain his position.
Geingob though was quick to note that the election was not a war but a contest of ideas and programmes.
In his victory speech, he urged those that participated in the election to hold hands as Namibia is the only country they have.
“I said that this is the only country that we can call home. This was not a war on enemies. We are exercising our democratic right,” he said, adding that the ECN had accomplished what he termed a very difficult task.
“I would like to thank those that were participating (competing) in the elections, it was tough. I campaigned like hell otherwise I couldn’t be standing here. There is always a loser and winner if you go in an election or boxing ring,” he said.
He added: “Competition was tough. [But] I emerged as the victor. Yes, it is a high responsibility. It’s not a joke…I was there already so I will just continue. But there is a winner and a loser. But in this case, democracy was the greatest winner.”
The Head of State also congratulated Utjiua Miunjangue, the National Unity Democratic Organisation (NUDO) of Namibia president who became the first female presidential candidate to participate in the national elections.
“It’s a good start,” he said as Miunjangue nodded in agreement.
He also commended the manner in which political parties and the independent presidential candidate conducted themselves during the election campaigns.
Geingob then addressed his own performance in this year’s election.
“I would have said I am cheated because last time I got 87%. But am I going to say I am cheated because I got 51% or 56? That’s what I got apparently. I will accept it for there is a winner and loser,” he said.
In the National Assembly, the ruling Swapo Party to which Geingob belongs also lost its two-thirds majority, something its leader took note of.
Swapo now has 63 seats in the National Assembly, meaning it lost 14 seats during this year’s election.
Commenting on the outcome of the National Assembly election, Geingob said the next Parliament will be interesting to watch as it will be composed of a variety of political parties.
-NAMPA