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The National Assembly of Namibia is the lower chamber of the country's bicameral Parliament.

The current National Assembly, formed following elections on 15 and 16 November 2004, has a total of 78 members. 72 members are directly elected through a system of party-list proportional representation and serve five-year terms. Six additional members are appointed by the President.

e • d  Summary of the 15 and 16 November 2004 National Assembly of Namibia election results
Parties Votes % Seats
South West Africa People's Organization 75.1 55
Congress of Democrats 7.2 5
Democratic Turnhalle Alliance 5.0 4
National Unity Democratic Organization 4.1 3
United Democratic Front 3.5 3
Republican Party 1.9 1
Monitor Action Group 0.8 1
Appointed members 6
Total (turnout 84.4 %) 100.0 78
Source: Electoral Commission of Namibia

Twenty-one women (18 elected and 3 appointed) occupy seats in the National Assembly.

Former Prime Minister (2002-2005) and SWAPO member Theo-Ben Gurirab is the current National Assembly speaker.

Previous National Assembly election results

Political Party Election Year
1989 1994 1999 2004
South-West Africa People's Organisation (SWAPO) 41 53 55 55
Democratic Turnhalle Alliance (DTA) 21 15 07 04
United Democratic Front (UDF) 04 02 02 03
Action Christian National (ACN) 03 - - -
Namibia Patriotic Front (NPF) 01 - - -
Federal Convention of Namibia (FCN) 01 - - -
Namibia National Front (NNF) 01 - - -
Democratic Coalition of Namibia (DCN) - 01 - -
Monitor Action Group (MAG) - 01 01 01
Congress of Democrats (COD) - - 07 05
Others (NUDO, RP) - - - 04
Total 72 72 72 72

Despite being a one party dominant state since its independence in 1990, Namibian elections have been transparent, free, and largely fair.

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