ElectionGudie

April 14, 2004 Held

15,863,554
Voted
South Africa

Republic of South Africa

Election for South African National Assembly

Results

76%
Voter
Turnout*
Cast Votes:15,863,554
Valid Votes:15,612,667
Invalid Votes:250,887

Parties:

Party Seats Won Seats Change Votes

African National Congress 279 - 10,878,251

69.68%

Democratic Alliance 50 - 1,931,201

12.37%

Inkatha Freedom Party 28 - 1,088,664

6.97%

United Democratic Movement 9 - 355,717

2.28%

Minority Front 7 - 257,824

1.65%

African Christian Democratic Party 6 - - 250,272

1.60%

United Christian Democratic Party 3 - - 117,792

0.75%

Pan Africanist Congress of Azania 3 - - 113,512

0.73%

Freedom Front - - -

-1.00%

More Info:

At stake in this election:

  • 400 seats in the National Assembly

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Thabo MBEKI
  • Head of Government: President Thabo MBEKI
  • 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 elected by regional legislatures to serve 5-year terms*. In the National Assembly 400 members are elected through a closed-list proportional representation system to serve 5-year terms.**

* There is an additional, non-voting 10-member delegation from the South African Local Government Association (SALGA).

** The PR tier is broken into a national list and regional lists. 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.

Main parties in the electoral race:

** The Democratic Alliance was formed when the Democratic Party (DP) and the Federal Alliance (FA) merged in 2002.

Last Parliamentary election:

  • Parliamentary elections were last held on June 2, 1999.

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 46,641,103 (2004)
  • Registered Voters: 20,674,926 (February 2004)

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 23,726,298 (2004)

·         Is South Africa a signatory to CEDAW: Yes (29 January 1993)

·         Has South Africa ratified CEDAW: Yes (15 December 1995)

·         Gender Quota: No

·         Number of Female Parliamentarians: 131 (National Assembly); 18 (National Council) following the 2004 elections

·         Human Development Index Position: 116 (2014)

·         Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: Low (2014)

Disability Data:

·         Is South Africa a signatory to CRPD: Yes (30 March 2007)

·         Has South Africa ratified CRPD: Yes (30 November 2007)

·         Population with a disability: 6,966,165 (est.)