Federal Convention of Namibia

The Federal Convention of Namibia (FCN) was a political party based in Rehoboth, Namibia. It was created in the wake of Namibian independence in 1988 by a merger of several smaller parties and gained a seat in the Namibian Constituent Assembly. After also-ran results in 1994 and 1999 it ceased to be publicly active.

Federal Convention of Namibia
LeaderHans Diergaardt (until 1998, his death)
Kephes Conradie (since 1998)
HeadquartersRehoboth, Namibia


The FCN was formed in 1988 by a merger of several smaller parties:

The FCN was led by Diergaardt until his death in 1998. After that, Kephes Conradie took over the leadership of the party.[5] The party contested Namibia's legislative elections from 1989 to 1999.

Electoral resultsEdit

In the 1989 election, FCN received 10,452 total votes, which allotted it one seat in the Namibian Constituent Assembly. In the former Coloured homeland, the party received twenty-nine percent of the total vote, less than the Democratic Turnhalle Alliance and SWAPO parties. This result, surprising as Diergaardt was Kaptein of the Rehoboth Basters at that time, was attributed to Diergaardt's secession plans for the territory around Rehoboth.[6] President Diergaardt took FCN's sole Constituent Assembly seat but soon resigned on health grounds. Kerina took over from him and was elected Deputy Speaker of the house.[7]

In the 1994 Namibian parliamentary election, the party failed to earn a seat and received just 1,166 total votes.[8] In the 1999 Namibian parliamentary election, it received just 764 total votes, ranking last of parties contesting the election.[9] It did not contest the 2004 Namibian parliamentary election.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Dierks, Klaus. "Biographies of Namibian Personalities, D". klausdierks.com. Retrieved 9 June 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d e Torreguitar, Elena (2009). National Liberation Movements in Office: Forging Democracy with African Adjectives in Namibia. European University Studies; Political Science. 567. Peter Lang. p. 484. ISBN 978-3631579954.
  3. ^ Dierks, Klaus. "Biographies of Namibian Personalities, K". klausdierks.com. Retrieved 2 April 2013.
  4. ^ Africa South of the Sahara 2004. Europa Regional Surveys of the World 2004 Series: Regional surveys of the world. Psychology Press. 2003. p. 786. ISBN 9781857431834.
  5. ^ "Namibia: Registered Parties" Archived 2009-02-21 at the Wayback Machine. EISA.org.za.
  6. ^ "Chronology for Basters in Namibia". Minorities at Risk Project. 2004.
  7. ^ Tonchi, Victor L; Lindeke, William A; Grotpeter, John J (2012). Historical Dictionary of Namibia. Historical Dictionaries of Africa, African historical dictionaries (2 ed.). Scarecrow Press. p. 85. ISBN 9780810879904.
  8. ^ "Namibia: 1994 Election National Assembly Results" Archived 2009-05-20 at the Wayback Machine. EISA Namibia. November 2007.
  9. ^ "Elections in Namibia".