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National Assembly (Namibia)

The National Assembly is the lower chamber of Namibia's bicameral Parliament. Since 2014 it has a total of 104 members. 96 members are directly elected through a system of closed list proportional representation and serve five-year terms. Eight additional members are appointed by the President.[1]

National Assembly
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
Leadership
Speaker
Peter Katjavivi, SWAPO
since 2015
Structure
Seats104
Seating of National Assembly of Namibia.svg
Political groups
     SWAPO Party of Namibia (77)

     Popular Democratic Movement (5)
     Rally for Democracy and Progress (3)
     All People's Party (2)
     National Unity Democratic Organization (2)
     United Democratic Front (2)
     Workers Revolutionary Party (2)
     Republican Party (1)
     South West Africa National Union (1)
     United People's Movement (1)

     Appointed members (8)
Elections
Closed list proportional representation and appointments by the President
Last election
28 November 2014
Meeting place
Parlament Windhuk.JPG
Tintenpalast in Windhoek
Website
Parliament of Namibia

Namibia's National Assembly emerged on Independence Day on 21 March 1990 from the Constituent Assembly of Namibia, following the elections of November 1989. That election, following guidelines established by the United Nations, included foreign observers in an effort to ensure a free and fair election process. The current National Assembly was formed following elections on 28 November 2014. Since 2015, SWAPO member Peter Katjavivi has been the Speaker of the National Assembly.[1]

2019 electionsEdit

Party Votes % Seats +/–
SWAPO 536,861 65.5 63 –14
Popular Democratic Movement 136,576 16.6 16 +11
Landless People's Movement 38,956 4.7 4 New
National Unity Democratic Organisation 16,066 1.9 2 0
All People's Party 14,664 1.8 2 0
United Democratic Front 14,644 1.8 2 0
Republican Party 14,546 1.8 2 +1
Namibian Economic Freedom Fighters 13,580 1.7 2 +2
Rally for Democracy and Progress 8,953 1.1 1 –2
Christian Democratic Voice 5,841 0.7 1 +1
SWANU 5,330 0.6 1 0
Congress of Democrats 4,645 0.6 0 0
National Democratic Party 4,559 0.6 0 0
Workers Revolutionary Party 3,212 0.4 0 –2
National Patriotic Front 1,785 0.2 0 New
Invalid/blank votes 0
Total 820,227 100 96
Registered voters/turnout 1,358,468 60.4
Source: ECN


 
Identification badge of a Foreign Observer issued during the 1989 election - (Chesley V. Morton of the Georgia House of Representatives)

Previous National Assembly election resultsEdit

Political Party Election Year
1989 1994 1999 2004 2009 2014
South-West Africa People's Organisation (SWAPO) 41 53 55 55 54 77
Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) - - - - 8 3
Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) 21 15 7 4 2 5
United Democratic Front (UDF) 4 2 2 3 2 2
National Unity Democratic Organization (NUDO) - - - 3 2 2
Congress of Democrats (COD) - - 7 5 1 0
Republican Party (RP) - - - 1 1 1
South West Africa National Union (SWANU) - 0 0 0 1 1
All People’s Party (APP) - - - - 1 2
Monitor Action Group (MAG) - 1 1 1 0 0
Democratic Coalition of Namibia (DCN) - 1 0 - - -
Federal Convention of Namibia (FCN) 1 0 0 - - -
Action Christian National (ACN) 3 - - - - -
Namibia Patriotic Front (NPF) 1 - - - - -
Namibia National Front (NNF) 1 - - - - -
Total 72 72 72 72 72 96

Despite being a one party dominant state since its independence in 1990, Namibian elections have been transparent, free, and largely fair.[1][2]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "How to Register as a Voter". Electoral Commission of Namibia. Retrieved March 22, 2019.
  2. ^ "Namibia Rebel Group Wins Vote, But It Falls Short of Full Control". The New York Times. 15 November 1989. Retrieved 2014-06-20.

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