President Hage Geingob Photo: Contributed

The Namibian Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that the results of November 2019 Presidential polls which re-elected President Hage Geingob as Head of State are valid.

The election challenge was submitted  by Panduleni Itula on the account that the electronic voting machines (EVMs) were used in those elections without a verifiable audit paper trail as required by the Electoral Act.

In 2019, Itula who challenged the presidential polls as an independent candidate came second with 29 percent of the votes while Geingob received over 56 percent support. 

Chief Justice Peter Shivute handed down a 42-page judgement stressing that the Court will not set-aside the elections and further declined to order a re-run of those elections, as sought by Itula. 

However, Shivute also set-aside a decision by the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) not to use verifiable audit paper trial in elections, and ordered the new administration to be sworn-in on 21 March 2020 to handle the matter.

He argued that the absence of a verifiable audit paper trial did not adversely impact on the rights of the electorate to vote and that Itula had failed to indicate how the few reported malfunctioning the EVMs impacted on the credibility and conduct of the elections.

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