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South Africa

Republic of South Africa

46,801,098 5

Population (as of July 1, 2013)

Elections in our database

81.11%

Registered Voters (as of )

Average Turnout

Name Official Name Type
National Council of Provinces Upper House
President President Head of Government
President President Head of State
National Assembly Lower House

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Jacob ZUMA
  • Head of Government: President Jacob ZUMA
  • Assembly: South Africa has a bicameral Parliament consisting of the National Council of Provinces with 90 seats and the National Assembly with 400 seats.

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is elected by the National Assembly to serve a 5-year term.
  • In the National Council of Provinces, 90 members are nominated by regional legislatures to serve 5-year terms.[1] In the National Assembly, 400 members are elected through a closed-list proportional representation system to serve 4-year terms.[2]
 

[1] The National Council of Provinces is comprised of 10 delegates from each of South Africa's 9 provinces. Each provincial delegation sends 6 permanent delegates, who serve until a new provincial legislature is formed, and 4 special delegates. The 4 special delegates include the provincial Premier, and 3 other members designated ad hoc. The party representation in the delegation must proportionally reflect the party representation in the provincial legislature.

[2] The PR tier is broken into a national list and regional lists, both of which elect 200 members of the National Assembly. In the regional tier there are 9 multi-member districts, each corresponding to a province, with seats allocated in proportion to population. In both tiers, the electoral system is closed list proportional representation.

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Elections

Election For Date Votes Registered Voters Turn Out
National Assembly 1999-06-02 16,228,462 18,172,751 89.3%
National Assembly 2004-04-14 15,863,554 20,674,926 76.73%
President 2004-04-24 - 20,674,926 -
National Assembly 2009-04-22 17,919,996 23,181,997 77.3%
National Assembly 2014-05-07 - - -

Voter Turnout