Oppisition ends Swapo’s control of Erongo Region

Swapo has lost its majority in the Erongo Regional Council, following Wednesday’s Local Authority and Regional Councils Elections. This represents an historical shift in the Erongo Region’s political landscape.

Swapo won the Arandis-, Karibib- and Omaruru Constituencies, with the latter two by a very thin margin. The ruling party’s only significant performance was in Arandis Constituency where it won by 388 votes.
The victory of the United Democratic Front (UDF) was not unexpected in the Daures Constituency, where the party has a traditional stronghold. The UDF now has one seat on the Erongo Regional Council which gives the party the “kingmaker” position. That means Swapo (3 seats) and IPC (3 seats) have to make most of efforts to form a coalition to constitute a majority vote on the Regional Council.

The three Constituencies won by the IPC are Walvis Bay Urban, Walvis Bay Rural and Swakopmund). Worth mentioning is the victory of the IPC candidate, Ciske Howard-Smith, who won Swakopmund by a staggering 2 428 votes.
Here are the results:
Arandis Constituency: Swapo: 1213 votes, IPC – 825, PDM – 571, UDF – 667, Republican Party (RP) – 525 votes and the independent candidate – 66.
Daures Constituency: UDF – 1 448, Swapo – 1 147, Swanu – 199, LPM – 94, IPC – 71, RDP -25 and PDM – 109 and independent candidate – 592.
Karibib Constituency: Swapo – 1 295, UDF – 1 172, IPC – 529, LPM – 198 and PDM – 261.
Omaruru Constituency: Swapo – 895, PDM – 819, IPC – 419, independent candidate – 355.
Swakopmund Constituency: IPC – 5688, Swapo – 3 260, LPM – 1 119 votes, UDF – 791, PDM – 740, RP – 345 and independent candidate – 84.
Walvis Bay Rural Constituency: IPC – 3 433, Swapo – 2 318, LPM – 904, PDM – 665, independent candidate – 66.
Walvis Bay Urban Constituency: IPC – 4 513, Swapo – 2 705, LPM – 662, independent candidate – 1 027.

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