ElectionGudie

April 22, 2009 Held

17,919,996
Voted
South Africa

Republic of South Africa

Election for South African National Assembly

Results

76%
Voter
Turnout*
Cast Votes:17,919,996
Valid Votes:17,680,729
Invalid Votes:239,267

Parties:

Party Seats Won Seats Change Votes

African National Congress 264 - 11,650,748

65.90%

Democratic Alliance 67 - 2,945,829

16.66%

Congress of the People 30 - 1,311,027

7.42%

Inkatha Freedom Party 18 - 804,260

4.55%

Independent Democrats 4 - 162,915

0.92%

African Christian Democratic Party 3 - 148,658

0.84%

United Democratic Movement 4 - 146,796

0.83%

Freedom Front Plus 4 - 146,796

0.83%

United Christian Democratic Party 2 - 66,086

0.37%

Pan Africanist Congress of Azania 1 - 48,530

0.27%

Minority Front 1 - 43,474

0.25%

Azanian People's Organization 1 - 38,245

0.22%

African People's Convention 1 - 35,867

0.20%

More Info:

At stake in this election:

  • 400 seats in the National Assembly

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Kgalema MOTLANTHE
  • Head of Government: President Kgalema MOTLANTHE
  • 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 areelected through a closed-list proportional representation system to serve 4-year terms.**

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

** 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:

  • Party: African National Congress (ANC)
    • Leader: Jacob ZUMA
    • Seats won in this National Council of Provinces election: 264
    • Seats won in last National Council of Provinces election: 279
  • Party: African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP)
    • Leader: Kenneth MESHOE
    • Seats won in this National Council of Provinces election: 3
    • Seats won in last National Council of Provinces election: 6
  • Party: Congress of the People (COPE)***
    • Leader: Mosiuoa LEKOTA
    • Seats won in this National Council of Provinces election: 30
    • Seats won in last National Council of Provinces election: 0
  • Party: Democratic Alliance (DA)
    • Leader: Helen ZILLE
    • Seats won in this National Council of Provinces election: 67
    • Seats won in last National Council of Provinces election: 50
  • Party: Freedom Front Plus (FF+)*****
    • Leader: Pieter MULDER
    • Seats won in this National Council of Provinces election: 4
    • Seats won in last National Council of Provinces election: 0
  • Party: Inkatha Freedom Party (INK)
    • Leader: Mangosuthu BUTHELEZI
    • Seats won in this National Council of Provinces election: 18
    • Seats won in last National Council of Provinces election: 28
  • Party: Pan Africanist Congress of Azania (PAC)
    • Leader: N/A
    • Seats won in this National Council of Provinces election: 1
    • Seats won in last National Council of Provinces election: 3
  • Party: United Democratic Movement (UDM)
    • Leader: Bantu HOLOMISA
    • Seats won in this National Council of Provinces election: 4
    • Seats won in last National Council of Provinces election: 9
  • Party: Independent Democrats (ID)
    • Leader: Patricia DE LILLE
    • Seats won in this National Council of Provinces election: 4
    • Seats won in last National Council of Provinces election: 0
  • Party: United Christian Democratic Party (UCDP)
    • Leader: Lucas MANGOPE
    • Seats won in this National Council of Provinces election: 2
    • Seats won in last National Council of Provinces election: 3
  • Party: African People's Convention (APC)
    • Leader: Themba GODI
    • Seats won in this National Council of Provinces election: 1
    • Seats won in last National Council of Provinces election: 0
  • Party: Azanian People's Organization (AZAPO)
    • Leader: Mosibudi MANGENA
    • Seats won in this National Council of Provinces election: 1
    • Seats won in last National Council of Provinces election: 0
  • Party: Minority Front (MF)
    • Leader: Amichand RAJBANSI
    • Seats won in this National Council of Provinces election: 1
    • Seats won in last National Council of Provinces election: 0

*** COPE formed in 2008 by former members of the ANC
***** Formerly Freedom Front.

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 50,020,917 (2009)
  • Registered Voters: 23,181,997 (April 2009)

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 25,486,129 (2009)

·         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: 174 (National Assembly); 16 (National Council) following the 2009 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: 7,503,137 (est.)