Swapo continues to dominate Namibian political scene
Windhoek – Namibia’s ruling Swapo Party, which has been dominating local politics for the past 24 years, is expected to trounce the opposition in the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections scheduled for November 28, according an opinion poll conducted by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR).
IPPR research associate, Professor Bill Lindeke, during the launch of the Public Opinion Afrobarometer Survey launched on October 28, disclosed that Swapo continues to dominate the political scene in Namibia, with strong advantages in public trust and voter preference, while public tolerance of opposition parties is also reportedly on the increase.
“Namibia maintains continuity in voter preference and party alignment, with Swapo dominance but survival of small parties,” the survey reads.
The survey that was carried out in all 14 regions of the country further indicates that party affiliation has grown stronger in rural areas than urban areas since 2009.
The key finding of the Afrobarometer was that most Namibians have put more trust and confidence in the Swapo Party, and they have been doing so for many years, adding that the ruling party is committed to delivering on its promises, as it has done in the past and they will continue to vote for it.
The survey further revealed that Swapo support has increased by 5 percent since 2012, while the trust standard of the party among the respondents stands at 72 percent.
“Namibia has endorsed continuity in voter preferences and parties, with stronger voter engagement, as elections approach with the Swapo Party continuing to dominate,” said Professor Lindeke.
“The change in attitude towards the opposition parties indicates that Namibians are becoming more tolerant of other parties and political maturity,” the survey reads.
The survey also reveals the strong trust between the ruling party supporters and, its President and Prime Minister, while democracy is reportedly being strengthened among Namibians. Namibian political leaders are also reportedly near the top ranking in prior Afrobarometer surveys conducted in 25 countries dating back to 1999.
Afrobarometer is an African-led, non-partisan research project that measures countries’ social, political and economic atmosphere since 1999 and has been running in 35 countries.