Namibian poll result challenged in court


Opposition parties in Namibia on Wednesday launched a court challenge to the result of last month’s election which gave President Hifikepunye Pohamba’s party a landslide victory.

“We have joined forces in this action and our lawyers launched an application in the high court this afternoon, the case will be heard on Friday,” said Libolly Haufiku, spokesperson for the nine parties.

A total of 13 opposition parties contested the legislative and presidential elections on November 27 and 28.

The application calls for an audit of the results.

“Should the high court grant us the application, the audit will include the recount of ballot papers, rejected ballots, reconciling cast votes with counterfoils and auditing other election materials like the voters’ roll,” Haufiku told AFP.

The ruling South West Africa People’s Organisation (Swapo), in power since independence in 1990, won more than 75% of the votes.

The election was declared by African observers as free and fair. Official results were announced six days after the vote.

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