Elections in Swaziland
Political System: Traditional Monarchy
King: Mswati III [since 25 April 1986]
Prime Minister: Themba Dlamini [since 14 November 2003] The Prime Minister is appointed by the King.
--Senate (30 Seats) 10 members appointed by the House of Assembly and 20 appointed by the King; members serve 5-year terms.
--House of Assembly (65 Seats) 55 Members are elected by popular vote to serve 5-year terms and 10 members are appointed by the King. Electoral System: First Past The Post.
Electoral Authority: Elections and Boundaries Commission
Political Situation since Independence
1968-1973 Emerging Democracy [Constitutional Monarchy]
1973- Traditional Monarchy
[1973-1978 Political Parties Banned; No elections held]
[1978-1993 Political Parties Banned; Indirect elections held]
[1993- Political Parties Banned; Elections held through direct and indirect processes]
2012 Freedom House Rating: Political Rights - 7, Civil Liberties - 5, Status: Not Free
Next Scheduled National Assembly Election: 2013
Political Parties: INM - Imbokodvo National Movement, NNLC - Ngwane National Liberatory Congress, NNLC-Samketi - Ngwane National Liberatory Congress-Samketi, SDP - Swaziland Democratic Party, SPP - Swaziland Progressive Party, SUF - Swaziland United Front, USA - United Swaziland Association.
Last Updated: 8 December 2010
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