Nov. 27, 2009 Held


Republic of Namibia

Election for Namibian Presidency


Voter Participation

Cast Votes:812,233
Valid Votes:799,870
Invalid Votes:12,363

Vote Share by Candidate:

Hifikepunye Lucas POHAMBA611,241


Hidipo HAMUTENYA88,640


Katuutire KAURA24,186


Kuaima RIRUAKO23,735


Justus GAROEB19,258


Ignatius Nkotongo SHIXWAMENI9,981


Henk MUDGE9,425


Benjamin ULENGA5,812


Usutuaije MAAMBERUA2,968


David ISSACS1,859


Frans GOAGOSEB1,760


Attie BEUKES1,005

Election Results Modified: Jan 26, 2010

General Information

At stake in this election:

  • The office of President of Namibia

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Hifikepunye POHAMBA
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister Nahas ANGULA
  • Assembly: Namibia has a bicameral Legislature consisting of the National Council with 26 seats and the National Assembly with 72 seats.

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is elected by plurality vote to serve a 4-year term.
  • In the National Council 26 members are elected by indirect vote to serve 6-year terms*. In the National Assembly, 72 members are elected through a closed-list proportional representation system to serve 5-year terms and 6 members are appointed head of government.**

* Two members are chosen from each of the 13 regional councils by members of those councils.

** There are 13 multi-member constituencies corresponding to Namibia's regions. The President may appoint up to 6 additional, non-voting members.

Main Candidates in the Presidential race:

  • Hifikepunye Lucas POHAMBA
    • Party: South West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO)
  • Hidipo HAMUTENYA
    • Party: Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP)
  • Katuutire KAURA
    • Party: Democratic Turnhalle Alliance (DTA) / Demokratische Turnhallenallianz
  • Kuaima RIRUAKO
    • Party: National Unity Democratic Organisation (NUDO)
  • Justus GAROEB
    • Party: United Democratic Front
  • Ignatius Nkotongo SHIXWAMENI
    • Party: All People's Party (APP)
  • Henk MUDGE
    • Party: Republican Party / Republikanische Partei
  • Benjamin ULENGA
    • Party: Congress of Democrats
  • Usutuaije MAAMBERUA
    • Party: South West Africa National Union / SWANU
  • David ISSACS
    • Party: Democratic Party of Namibia
  • Frans GOAGOSEB
  • Attie BEUKES
    • Party: Communist Party of Namibia

Population and Registered Voters:

  • Population: 2,152,357 (2009)
  • Registered Voters: not available

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 1,107,505 (2009)

·         Is Namibia a signatory to CEDAW: No

·         Has Namibia ratified CEDAW: Yes, accession (23 November 1992)

·         Gender Quota: No

·         Female candidates in this election: No

·         Number of Female Parliamentarians: 19 (National Assembly) following the 2009; 7 (National Council) following the 2004 elections

·         Human Development Index Position: 126 (2014)

·         Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: Low (2014)

Disability Data:

·         Is Namibia a signatory to CRPD: Yes (25 April 2007)

·         Has Namibia ratified CRPD: Yes (4 December 2007)

·         Population with a disability: 322,853 (est.)

Election Modified: May 10, 2024

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