Swapo Congress: Voting Underway, Results delayed

WINDHOEK: Voting for the next ruling party president has commenced this Sunday afternoon at the 6th SWAPO Party Congress and results will be announced late evening, in not tomorrow morning at the closing ceremony, the Party has said.

Swapo Party delegates began voting for the next President, Vice-President, Secretary-General and Deputy Secretary-General as well as members of the Central Committee around 15H00, in what has been one of the most divisive internal party campaigns since the exit of Founding Father Dr Sam Nujoma.

President Hage Geingob is up against former Prime Minister Nahas Angula and youth minister Jerry Ekandjo for the Presidency.

With the verification process expected to take nothing less than six hours, the results may only be availed  past midnight, if not early Monday morning.

The Congress has over the last three days approved the Report of the Central Committee and the Audited Financial Statement of the SWAPO Party. Other matters discussed arising out of the Report of the Central Committee include Land Reform, Teenage Pregnancy, Food Production, Mining and Energy, Housing, Education and Health, among others.

The Congress also received the Report on the Implementation of the 5th SWAPO Party Congress Resolutions. The Congress further noted that the implementation rate of Congress resolutions stood at 84 per cent. It adopted the Report of the Second National Policy Conference, which took place in October/November 2016.