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Incumbent Namibia President leads in presidential vote count

WINDHOEK, Namibia – Preliminary results from the ongoing presidential result count in Wednesday’s election in Namibia indicate that incumbent President Hage Geingob is on course to win, but with a sign of a noteworthy drop in his support compared to the previous election.

According to results of the vote counts from most of the constituencies in Namibia, the electoral commission unofficial declaration show that President Geingob of the governing Swapo party has a commanding lead over his nearest rival, Panduleni Itula.

So far, the incumbent President has 55.4% of the vote, while independent candidate Itula has 29.6%.

In 2014, the president won with nearly 87% of the voters choosing him.

Since independence in 1990, Swapo has governed the country when its first president Sam Njuma.  This recently held election took place against the backdrop of a troubled economy and high youth unemployment rates.

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Paul Stevens

Paul Stevens is a researcher, media issues analyst and senior contributor with Globe Afrique.

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