Workers Revolutionary Party (Namibia)

The Workers Revolutionary Party (WRP, from 2009 to 2014 named the Communist Party of Namibia) is a communist party in Namibia led by Attie Beukes and Harry Boesak.[2]

Workers Revolutionary Party
AbbreviationWRP
LeaderAttie Beukes
Harry Boesak
FoundedMay 1989 (1989-05)
IdeologyCommunism
Trotskyism[1]
Socialism
Political positionLeft-wing to far-left
International affiliationWorkers International to Rebuild the Fourth International
Seats in the National Assembly
0 / 104
Seats in the National Council
0 / 42
Regional Councillors
0 / 121
Local Councillors
0 / 378
Pan-African Parliament
0 / 5

The party was founded by Attie Beukes in May 1989 as the Workers Revolutionary Party. It joined the United Democratic Front (UDF) alliance for participation in the 1989 elections.[3] The UDF won four seats in this election for the Constituent Assembly of Namibia, none of which went to the WRP.

Election resultsEdit

2004Edit

In the 2004 election, the WRP joined with SWANU in an alliance of socialist parties. The SWANU-WRP alliance received 3,428 votes, which were not enough for a seat in the National Assembly.[4]

2009Edit

Under its new name, Communist Party of Namibia, it contested the 2009 general election for seats in the National Assembly and the Presidency.

The party registered for the 2009 election as the fourteenth and final party. Beukes, the party's candidate for president, received 1,005 votes, which was the lowest total of all candidates. The CPN received 810 votes, which was the lowest of all contesting parties and did not qualify them for a seat in the National Assembly. Beukes received his highest vote total in the Mariental Rural constituency in the Hardap Region[5] and the CPN received its highest vote total in the Gibeon, Hardap Region constituency.[6]

2014Edit

The WRP contested the 2014 general election again under its original name, Workers Revolutionary Party. It achieved 1.49% of the vote and gained two seats in the National Assembly.[7]

2019Edit

In the 2019 elections the WRP gathered 3,212 votes for the national assembly (0.39%) and lost its representation in parliament. It did not submit a candidate for the presidential election.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Simon, David (1995). "Namibia: Swapo Wins Two-Thirds Majority". Review of African Political Economy. Taylor & Francis. 22 (63): 107–114. doi:10.1080/03056249508704105. JSTOR 4006279.
  2. ^ 14 parties now registered Election Watch Namibia
  3. ^ Dierks, Klaus. "Chronology of Namibian History, 1989". klausdierks.com. Retrieved 5 July 2013.
  4. ^ "Free but starving - Communist Party", New Era, 26 October 2009.
  5. ^ 2009 Presidential Results Election Watch Namibia
  6. ^ 2009 Parliamentary Results Election Watch Namibia
  7. ^ "OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT OF FINAL ELECTION RESULTS OF THE 2014 PRESIDENTIAL AND NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS — Current Affairs — grnnet.gov.na". 209.88.21.122. Retrieved 2017-09-08.
  8. ^ Iikela, Sakeus (2 December 2019). "Reduced victory ... Swapo, Geingob drop votes". The Namibian. p. 1.