ElectionGudie

Sept. 30, 2018 Confirmed

Swaziland

Kingdom of Swaziland

Election for Swazi House of Assembly

More Info:

At stake in this election:

  • 55 seats in the House of Assembly

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: King MSWATI III
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister Barnabas Sibusiso DLAMINI
  • Assembly: Swaziland has a bicameral Parliament (Libandla) consisting of the Senate with 30 seats and the House of Assembly with 66 seats.

Description of electoral system:

  • The King is hereditary head of state.
  • Prime Minister is appointed by the monarch.
  • In the Senate, 20 members are appointed by the monarch to serve 5-year terms and 10 members are elected by the Legislative Assembly to serve 5-year terms. In the House of Assembly, 10 members are appointed by the monarch to serve 4-year terms, 1 member is elected by the house as Speaker of the House, and 55 members are elected by plurality vote in single-member constituencies to serve 5-year terms.**

** Elections to the House of Assembly are contested over 2 rounds. In the first round, all candidates nominated in the district contest the election; however, due to the election law of Swaziland, candidates are prohibited from campaigning for this election. The primary election was held on August 25, 2018.

Main parties in the electoral race:

  • Independent(s): Non-partisans*
    Leader: N/A
    Seats won in last House of Assembly election: 55

* Political parties are illegal in Swaziland. All candidates contest the election as non-partisans.

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 1,391,385 (2018 est.)
  • Registered Voters: 526,073 (June 2018)

Gender Data:

  • Female Population: 717,751 (2018 est.)
  • Is Swaziland a signatory to CEDAW: No
  • Has Swaziland ratified CEDAW: Yes (since 26 March 2004)
  • Gender Quota: Yes
  • Female candidates in this election: Yes
  • Number of Female Parliamentarians: 4
  • Human Development Index Position: 148 (2016)
  • Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: Medium (2014)

Disability Data:

  • Is Swaziland a signatory to CRPD: Yes (25 September 2007) 
  • Has Swaziland ratified CRPD: Yes (24 September 2012)
  • Population with a disability: 215,342