By Enny Iita

NAMIBIA’S northern neighbours will elect the 220 members of parliament on the basis of proportional representation and also indirectly elect the country’s president.

Political parties have already started to hand their candidate lists to that country’s constitutional court and the two major parties — the ruling MPLA and opposition UNITA — were among the first to do so.

Each participating party is expected to submit a national list of 130 candidates plus five candidates for each of the 18 provinces for a total of 90 provincial candidates.

The person topping the national list of the winning party automatically becomes the country’s president. The number two becomes the vice president.

Right now, only five political parties have seats in the Angolan parliament: the MPLA, UNITA, CASA-CE, PRS and FNLA.
Other parties are expected to pop up to participate in this year’s elections.

The Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) is Angola’s ruling party since independence in 1975.

AIt has won all four general elections held in Angola so far, but with a decreasing majority: from about 80% in 2008 to 70% in 2012 and 61% in 2017.

The ongoing elections campaign is said to be largely peaceful.

Angolans residing outside the country will be voting — outside the country — for the first time. Here in Namibia, the voting will take place in Windhoek, Oshakati and Rundu.

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