Namibian President Hage Geingob secures second term

Windhoek [Namibia], Dec 1 (ANI): Incumbent Namibian President Hage Geingob has won a second term after securing 56.3 per cent votes in the recently concluded elections, country's Election Commission said on Saturday.

First elected in 2014 after sweeping 87% of the vote, Geingob was in a tight race this time with Panduleni Itula, a member of his own political party South West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO), who was running as an independent.

Geingob secured 464,703 votes, while independent candidate Panduleni Itula, who stood second, received 242,657 votes, Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) said, as cited by Xinhua news agency.

Geingob has been re-elected despite a recession and a corruption scandal that has fuelled popular discontent.

Geingob on Saturday took to social media to thank Namibians for returning him to the office and promised to serve the nation "with more passion and utmost dedication" with an aim to "bring tangible improvements" to the lives of the citizens.

"I wish to thank Namibians for re-electing me as their President. I am humbled and commit to serve the Namibian nation with more passion and utmost dedication, to bring tangible improvements in the lives of our citizens. I have heard you," Geingob wrote in a Facebook post following his win. (ANI)