Namibia parties to appeal poll ruling

2011-02-22 22:22

Windhoek - Nine opposition parties in Namibia which lost a court case challenging the 2009 national elections will appeal the ruling, their leaders said on Tuesday.

"All nine opposition parties unanimously decided to appeal the ruling in the supreme court," Hidipo Hamutenya, leader of the largest opposition party, the Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP), told journalists.

"Judge President Petrus Damaseb in last week's ruling acknowledged there were irregularities in the 2009 elections and we opposition parties think these irregularities were so compelling and gross in their nature that they must come out," Hamutenya added.

The parties had argued that two different versions of the voter roll existed in 2009, one with 1.18 million voters and the other with just 822 344 voters. The high court dismissed their challenge, citing a lack of evidence.

The ruling South West Africa People's Organisation (Swapo), in power since independence in 1990, won more than 75% of the vote in the November 2009 poll, giving President Hifikepunye Pohamba's party a landslide victory.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
Read more on:    swapo  |  hifikepunye pohamba  |  namibia  |  southern africa publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Rugby World Cup 2015

All the action from the 2015 RWC, including live coverage of all 48 matches, breaking news, fixtures, results, logs - and much more!


Rugby World Cup 2015

Du Preez key to Boks' success
England lost trying to copy All Blacks
LIVE: Argentina v Tonga
LIVE: Ireland v Italy
Traffic Alerts

Spontaneity is the order of the day. Let go and have some fun. Try not to set too many set plans and expectations and enjoy more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.