WINDHOEK: Swapo Party Secretary-General (SG) Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana confirmed the nomination of candidates for the top-four positions within the party at a media conference here on Wednesday.
This was the first official communication from the party on the outcome of the Swapo Party Politburo meeting, which took place on Tuesday.
“In terms of rule number 35 of the rules and procedures for the election of office-bearers and party representatives at legislative and government level, the Political Bureau opened up the top-four positions for nominations, an exercise it has completed at the said meeting”, the SG said.
In accordance with these procedures, the politburo accepted the nomination of Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba, who is also the Swapo-Party President, as per the party’s custom to stand for the position as the incumbent.
The SG said as the party’s incumbent Vice-President, Hage Geingob is entitled to stand for the position of Vice-President, and thus did not require nomination.
Iivula-Ithana further stated that she was nominated and seconded for the position of Vice- President, whilst current Deputy SG Nangolo Mbumba was nominated and seconded for the position of Secretary-General.
Nominated to contest for the position of Deputy Secretary-General are Omaheke Regional Governor Laura McLeod-Katjirua and Minister of Environment and Tourism, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah.
The nominations will now be referred to the Central Committee (CC) meeting for consideration and endorsement. That meeting is scheduled to take place in Windhoek from 19 to 21 October this year.
Meanwhile, the SG stated that up to three additional candidates per position may be identified at the Central Committee meeting.