Namibia’s President Hage Geingob has been re-elected for a second term, the country’s electoral commission says.

Geingob polled 56.3 percent in Wednesday’s election, well ahead of his nearest rival Panduleni Itula with 29.4 percent.

He went on social media to thank Namibians for returning him to office, promising to bring tangible improvements to their lives.

His Swapo party has ruled Namibia for nearly three decades since it gained independence from South Africa.

“I am just proud of my fellow Namibians that we could have free and fair elections, no fighting, no attacking each other, free movement was allowed,” said President Geingob after the result was announced.

His main rival Itula is also a Swapo member but stood as an independent,

The official opposition candidate McHenry Venaani of the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM)  finished third with 5.3 percent.

He said he was considering legal action over what he called “anomalies and irregularities” in the election.

Namibia uses electronic voting machines, and Venaani went to court shortly before the election, arguing they were open to manipulation. The court, however, rejected his case.

In parliamentary elections, Swapo lost its two-thirds majority in the 96-member chamber, winning 63 seats instead of its previous 77.

The PDM won 16 seats, increasing its total by 11.

BBC