The apex court in Namibia has upheld the results for last year’s presidential election, therefore dismissing the claims by the opposition party for an overturn.
Opposition parties in December 2019 petitioned the apex court to forfeit the election results as they claimed the use of paperless electronic voting machines without verifiable paper records was unconstitutional.
South West People’s Organisation (SWAPO) which has been in power since the country’s independence from South Africa in 1990 retained its majority in parliament as 78-years-old President Hage Geingob secured a second five-year term at the November polls.
While upholding the outcome of the 2019 election, the judges nonetheless ruled in favour of paper trails for future ballots.
The other candidates were happy with the court’s stance on paper trails for electronic voting for future elections as it would curb any form of fraud and described it as a win for the country’s democracy.
Namibia is the first African country to introduce electronic voting in 2014.