Call for poll rerun in Namibia

WINDHOEK - Nine opposition parties in Namibia began giving evidence in court yesterday in their application to have last November's presidential and parliamentary elections declared null and void.

WINDHOEK - Nine opposition parties in Namibia began giving evidence in court yesterday in their application to have last November's presidential and parliamentary elections declared null and void.

Judge president Petrus Damaseb and Judge Collins Parker began hearing the opposition's case in a packed courtroom in the high court in Windhoek.

"We are very positive of what we have. We believe in the rule of law and we'll respect the ruling," said Libolly Haufiku, spokesperson for the main opposition RDP.

The RDP is leading the challenge to the election, which was easily won by Swapo, the party of liberation from apartheid South Africa in 1990, which has ruled the country ever since. Party leader President Hifikepunye Pohamba also secured a second term by a landslide.

The opposition claim the election was marred by gross irregularities and are demanding a re-run or a full recount by a full bench of the high court.

In December the courts ordered the Electoral Commission of Namibia to allow the opposition parties access to all election materials for perusal.

A ruling was expected by late today, before a deadline of Thursday, when the 60 day period in which the courts must rule on an election challenge runs out. - Sapa-dpa

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