Swapo pot burns as electoral contest heats up

THIS weekend around 190 Swapo Party members will convene in Windhoek to deliberate on the list of 96 members who will stand as candidates of the Swapo Party in the National Assembly in the November election. Those who win National Assembly seats would serve as legislators from 21 March 2020 to 20 March 2025. The ruling party’s electoral college, also known as “the pot”, is where the list of candidates for parliament – and hence the fate of many political heavyweights and other contenders – will be decided. And it appears that many delegates already know who they are going to vote for and who will be eliminated at ballot box. Right now there are only three leaders whose seats in parliament are not on the line. They are party vice president Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, Swapo secretary-general Sophia Shaningwa and her deputy Marco Hausiku. The pot will include all 85 members of the Swapo central committee, all Swapo Members of Parliament, 15 delegates from each wing of Swapo and six delegates (including two candidates) from each of the 14 regions: three males and three females.