Namibian poll results trickle in

WINDHOEK - First results from Namibia's presidential and parliamentary elections trickled in yesterday, but too few to show whether a new opposition will break up the two thirds majority the ruling party has held since 1995.

WINDHOEK - First results from Namibia's presidential and parliamentary elections trickled in yesterday, but too few to show whether a new opposition will break up the two thirds majority the ruling party has held since 1995.

Results from three of the 107 constituencies, about 8600 votes out of 1,18million registered voters, have been confirmed so far in the resource-rich nation.

Delays in releasing the results after polls closed on Saturday have been criticised by observers and opposition parties who say there were voting and counting irregularities that the electoral commission failed to address.

But Moses Ndjarakana, director of the electoral commission of Namibia, dismissed the allegations and said while some inconsistencies had been observed they had been addressed and counting was progressing well.

"There have been no delays and I expect that things will pick up today (Monday). We have to be thorough with this ... it's a transparent process with party agents and observers on site.

Our target is still to announce results tomorrow (today)," he told Reuters.

Votes are counted at the polling stations and results posted outside to ensure transparency. - Reuters

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