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Elections in South Africa
 
Political Profile
Political System: Democracy
President: Jacob Zuma (ANC) [since 9 May 2009; elected 2009] The President is elected by the National Assembly for a 5-year term.
Parliament [bicameral]
--National Council of Provinces (90 Seats) 10 members elected by each of the nine provincial legislatures for five-year terms.
--National Assembly (400 Seats) Members are elected by popular vote under a system of proportional representation to serve five-year terms. Electoral System: Party-List Proportional Representation.
Electoral Authority: Independent Electoral Commission 
Political Situation since Independence
1910-1990 Democracy [Whites], Restricted Democratic Practice [Others]
1990-1994 Transition to Multiracial Rule
1994-        Democracy
2012 Freedom House Rating: Political Rights - 2, Civil Liberties - 2, Status: Free
Next Scheduled National Council of the Provinces Election: 2014
Next Scheduled National Assembly Election: 2014
Political Parties
-Pre-Apartheid Era: AP - Afrikaner Party, GNP - Purified National Party, HNP - Reunited National Party, HRP - Home Rule Party, NP - National Party, RP - Roos Party, SALP - South African Labour Party, SAP - South African Party, SP - Socialist Party, UP - Unionist Party, UP - United Party.
-Apartheid Era: White (European) Parties: CP - Conservative Party (far-right), DP - Democratic Party, HNP - Reconstituted [Herstigte] National Party (far-right), NRP - New Republic Party (centrist), NP - National Party (right-wing), NU - National Union, PFP - Progressive Federal Party (center-left), PP - Progressive Party, SAP South African Party, UP - United Party; Coloured Parties: CP - Conservative Party, DRP - Democratic Reform Party, FP - Federal Party, FP - Freedom Party, LP - Labour Party, NPP - National People’s Party, PCP - People’s Congress Party, RP - Republican Party, UDP - United Democratic Party; Indian Parties: DP - Democratic Party, MPP - Merit People’s Party, NFP - National Federal Party, NPP - National People’s Party, PIP - Progressive Independent Party, PPSA - People’s Party of South Africa, SOL - Solidarity, UP - United Party.
-Post-Apartheid Era: A Party*, ACDP - African Christian Democratic Party (christian, conservative), ADM - African Democratic Movement, AEB - Afrikaner EenheidsBeweging [Afrikaner Unity Movement] (far-right), AFD - Alliance of Free Democrats, AITUP - Abolition of Income Tax and Usury Party, Al Jama-ah* (Islamist), AMCP - African Moderates Congress Party, AMP - Africa Muslim Party, ANC - African National Congress (far-left, socialist), APC - African People's Convention, AZAPO - Azanian People’s Organisation (far-left, socialist), CDP - Christian Democratic Party (Christian-democratic), COPE - Congress of the People, DA - Democratic Alliance (liberal), DP - Democratic Party (center-left), DPSA - Dikwankwetla Party of South Africa, EMSA - Employment Movement for South Africa, FA - Federal Alliance (centrist), FP - Federal Party, GPGP - Government by the People Green Party, GKSA - Great Kongress of South Africa, ID - Independent Democrats (center-left), IFP - Inkatha Freedom Party (right-wing, conservative), KISS - Keep it Straight and Simple Party, LUSO - Luso-South African Party, MDP - Movement Democratic Party, MF - Minority Front, NA - National Action, NADECO - National Democratic Convention, NLP - New Labour Party, NNP - New National Party (right-wing, conservative), NP - National Party (right-wing, conservative), NVP - New Vision Party, PAC - Pan Africanist Congress of Azania (far-left), PAM - Pan Africanist Movement, PJC - Peace and Justice Congress, SADECO - South African Democratic Convention, SOCCER - Sport Organisation for Collective Contributions and Equal Rights, SOPA - Socialist Party of Azania, TOP - The Organisation Party, UCDP - United Christian Democratic Party (right-wing, christian democratic), UDM - United Democratic Movement (centrist), UF - United Front, UIF - United Independent Front, VF/FF - Vryheidsfront/Freedom Front (right-wing), VF+/FF+ - Vryheidsfront Plus/Freedom Front Plus (right-wing), WF - Women Forward, WLP - Workers' List Party, WRPP - Women's Rights Peace Party, XPP - Ximoko Progressive Party.
Coalitions: National Party-South African Labour Party (NP-SALP) [Contested the 1924 and 1933 House of Assembly Elections]; National Party-Afrikaner Party (NP-AP) [Contested the 1948 House of Assembly Election]; South African Party-Unionist Party (SAP-UP) [Contested the 1924 House of Assembly Election]
*Political party acronym not available.
 
Election Results
 
 
Pre-Apartheid Era Legislative Elections: 1910, 1915, 1920, 1921, 1924, 1929, 1933, 1938, 1943, 1948
Apartheid Era Legislative Elections
--"Whites-only": 1953, 1958, 1961, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1977, 1981, 1987, 1989
--"Coloureds-only": 1969, 1975, 1984, 1989
--"Indians-only": 1981, 1984, 1989
Post Apartheid Era Legislative Elections
--National Assembly: 1994, 1999, 2004, 2009
--National Council of Provinces: 1994, 1999, 2004, 2009
Referendums
--National: 1960, 1983, 1992
--Sub-National: 1909
Provincial Legislature: 1994, 1999, 2004, 2009
 
 
Pre-Apartheid Era (1910-1948)
 
15 September 1910 House of Assembly Election

Registered Voters

Not Available

Total Votes (Voter Turnout)

105,623 (N/A)

Party

Number of Seats (121)

South African Party (SAP)

66

Unionist Party (UP)

38

South African Labour Party (SALP)

4

Independents

13

 
October 1915 House of Assembly Election

Registered Voters

365,307

Total Votes (Voter Turnout)

261,433 (71.6%)

Invalid/Blank Votes

    4,330

Total Valid Votes

257,103

Party

Number of Votes

% of Votes

Number of Seats (130)

South African Party (SAP)

94,285

36.67%

54

National Party (NP)

75,623

29.41%

27

Unionist Party (UP)

49,917

19.42%

40

South African Labour Party (SALP)

24,755

9.63%

3

Socialist Party (SP)

140

0.05%

-

Independents

12,383

4.82%

6

 
20 March 1920 House of Assembly Election

Registered Voters

421,790

Total Votes (Voter Turnout)

282,361 (66.9%)

Party

Number of Seats (134)

National Party (NP)

43

South African Party (SAP)

41

Unionist Party (UP)

25

South African Labour Party (SALP)

21

Socialist Party (SP)

-

Independents

3

Vacant*

1

*The vacant seat was later won by the National Party (NP).
 
February 1921 House of Assembly Election

Registered Voters

499,531

Total Votes (Voter Turnout)

277,742 (55.6%)

Invalid/Blank Votes

Not Available

Total Valid Votes

275,219

Party

Number of Votes

% of Votes

Number of Seats (130)

South African Party (SAP)

137,389

49.92%

77

National Party (NP)

105,039

38.17%

44

South African Labour Party (SALP)

29,406

10.68%

10

Independents

3,385

1.23%

1

Vacant

-

-

2

 
19 June 1924 House of Assembly Election

Registered Voters

413,136

Total Votes (Voter Turnout)

319,047 (77.2%)

Party/[Coalition]

Number of Seats (134)

National Party-South African Labour Party [NP-SALP]

81

 

National Party (NP)

 

63

South African Labour Party (SALP)

18

South African Party-Unionist Party (SAP-UP)

53

 
12 June 1929 House of Assembly Election

Registered Voters

461,820

Total Votes (Voter Turnout)

347,924 (75.3%)

Invalid/Blank Votes

Not Available

Total Valid Votes

343,897

Party Number of Votes % of Votes Number of Seats (148)
National Party (NP) 141,579 41.17% 78
South African Party (SAP) 159,896 46.50% 61
South African Labour Party (SALP) 33,919 9.86% 8
Independents 8,503 2.47% 1
 
17 May 1933 House of Assembly Election

Registered Voters

957,636

Total Votes (Voter Turnout)

323,417 (33.8%)

Invalid/Blank Votes

    3,406

Total Valid Votes

320,011

Party/[Coalition] Number of Votes % of Votes Number of Seats (150)
National Party-South African Party [NP-SAP] 172,645 53.95% 136

National Party (NP) (101,159) (31.61%)
75
South African Party (SAP) (71,486) (22.34%) 61
South African Labour Party (SALP) 20,276 6.34% 4
Roos Party (RP) 27,441 8.58% 2
Home Rule Party (HRP) 12,328 3.85% 2
Independents 87,321 27.29% 6
 
18 May 1938 House of Assembly Election

Registered Voters

1,052,652

Total Votes (Voter Turnout)

   835,378 (79.4%)

Invalid/Blank Votes

       6,481

Total Valid Votes

   828,897

Party Number of Votes % of Votes Number of Seats (150)*
United Party (UP) 446,032 53.81% 111
Purified National Party (GNP) 259,543 31.31% 27
Dominion Party (DP) 52,356 6.32% 8
South African Labour Party (SALP) 48,641 5.87% 3
Socialist Party (SP) 4,963 0.60% 1
Independents 17,362 2.09% -
*The House of Assembly had a total of 153 members; 150 were directly elected and 3 were reserved for 'Native' Representatives - White members elected by African voters in the Cape Province.
 
7 July 1943 House of Assembly Election

Registered Voters

1,114,110

Total Votes (Voter Turnout)

   885,623 (79.5%)

Invalid/Blank Votes

       9,360

Total Valid Votes

   876,263

Party/Coalition* Number of Votes % of Votes Number of Seats (150)**
United Party (UP) 435,297 49.68% 89
Reunited National Party (HNP) 321,601 36.70% 43
South African Labour Party (SALP) 38,206 4.36% 9
Dominion Party (DP) 29,023 3.31% 7
Afrikaner Party (AP) 15,601 1.78% -
Socialist Party (SP) 6,350 0.72% -
Independents 30,185 3.44% 2
*The United Party-led coalition included the United Party (UP), South African Labour Party (SALP), Dominion Party (DP), and the two successful independent candidates for an overall total of 107 seats.
**The House of Assembly had a total of 153 members; 150 were directly elected and 3 were reserved for 'Native' Representatives - White members elected by African voters in the Cape Province.
 
26 May 1948 House of Assembly Election

Registered Voters

1,337,534

Total Votes (Voter Turnout)

1,073,364 (80.2%)

Invalid/Blank Votes

       7,393

Total Valid Votes

1,065,971

Party/[Coalition] Number of Votes % of Votes Number of Seats (150)**
Reunited National Party-Afrikaner Party [HNP-AP] 443,719 41.63% 79

Reunited National Party (HNP)* (401,834) (37.70%)
70
Afrikaner Party (AP) (41,885) (3.93%) 9
United Party-South African Labour Party [UP-SALP] 551,590 51.75% 71

United Party (UP) (524,230) (49.18%)

65

South African Labour Party (SALP) (27,360) (2.57%)

6

Independents 70,662 6.63% -
*In 1951, the Reunited National Party (HNP) and Afrikaner Party (AP) merged, forming the National Party (NP).
**The House of Assembly had a total of 153 members; 150 were directly elected and 3 were reserved for 'Native' Representatives - White members elected by African voters in the Cape Province.
 
 
Apartheid Era (1948-1990)
 
"Whites Only" Elections
 
15 April 1953 House of Assembly Election

Registered Voters

1,385,591

Total Votes (Voter Turnout)

1,218,631 (88.0%)

Invalid/Blank Votes

       8,709

Total Valid Votes

1,209,922

Party Number of Votes % of Votes Number of Seats (156)
National Party (NP) 598,718 49.48% 94
United Party (UP) 576,474 47.65% 57
South African Labour Party (SALP) 34,730 2.87% 5
 
16 April 1958 House of Assembly Election

Registered Voters

1,563,426

Total Votes (Voter Turnout)

1,162,576 (74.4%)

Invalid/Blank Votes

       7,573

Total Valid Votes

1,156,003

Party Number of Votes % of Votes Number of Seats (156)
National Party (NP) 642,006 55.54% 103
United Party (UP) 503,648 43.57% 53
Liberal Party (LP) 2,934 0.25% -
South African Labour Party (SALP) 2,670 0.23% -
Others 1,193 0.10% -
Independents 3,552 0.31% -
 
5 October 1960 Constitutional Referendum*
Main Points: Abolition of member status within the (British) Commonwealth, Declaration of the Republic
Ballot Question: Are you in favour of a Republic for the Union?

Registered Voters

1,800,426

Total Votes (Voter Turnout)

1,634,240 (90.8%)

Invalid/Blank Votes

       7,904

Total Valid Votes

1,626,336

Results Number of Votes % of Votes
"Yes" Votes 850,458 52.29%
"No" Votes 775,878 47.71%
*The electoral roll also included White voters from South West Africa (present-day Namibia).
 
8 October 1961 House of Assembly Election*

Registered Voters

1,800,426

Total Votes (Voter Turnout)

   802,079 (44.5%)

Invalid/Blank Votes

       4,518

Total Valid Votes

   803,268

Party Number of Votes % of Votes Number of Seats (156)
National Party (NP) 370,395 46.11% 105
United Party (UP) 288,217 35.88% 49
Progressive Party (PP) 69,045 8.60% 1
National Union (NU) 50,279 6.26% 1
South African Labour Party (SALP) 2,461 0.31% -
Others 17,164 2.14% -
Independents 5,707 0.71% -
*Due to a discrepancy in the official results, the number of valid votes cast (803,268) exceeded the total number of votes cast (802,079). Percentage figures in the table are based on the 803,268 valid votes distributed among the political parties.
 
30 March 1966 House of Assembly Election*

Registered Voters

1,901,479

Total Votes (Voter Turnout)

1,302,151 (68.5%)

Invalid/Blank Votes

       7,494

Total Valid Votes

1,302,151

Party Number of Votes % of Votes Number of Seats (166)
National Party (NP) 759,331 58.31% 126
United Party (UP) 486,629 37.37% 39
Progressive Party (PP) 39,717 3.05% 1
Others 10,674 0.82% -
Independents 5,800 0.45% -
*Due to a discrepancy in the official results, the number of valid votes cast and total votes cast were listed as the same figure (1,302,151), although there were invalid/blank votes (7,494). Percentage figures in the table are based on the 1,302,151 valid votes distributed among the political parties.
 
22 April 1970 House of Assembly Election

Registered Voters

2,161,234

Total Votes (Voter Turnout)

1,507,634 (69.8%)

Invalid/Blank Votes

       9,982

Total Valid Votes

1,497,652

Party Number of Votes % of Votes Number of Seats (165)*
National Party (NP) 822,034 54.89% 117
United Party (UP) 561,676 37.50% 47
Herstigte Nationale Party (HNP) 53,735 3.59% -
Progressive Party (PP) 51,742 3.45% 1
Others 5,336 0.36% -
Independents 3,129 0.21% -
*A subsequent by-election held in one constituency was won by the National Party, raising its total to 118 and the number of seats in the House of Assembly to 166.
 
24 April 1974 House of Assembly Election
Registered Voters  N/A
Total Votes        N/A [Voter Turnout: N/A]

Party

Number of Seats (169)

National Party (NP)

122

United Party (UP)

41

Progressive Party (PP)

6

 
30 November 1977 House of Assembly Election
Registered Voters  N/A
Total Votes        N/A [Voter Turnout: N/A]
Party % of Votes Number of Seats (165)
National Party (NP) 64.8% 134
Progressive Federal Party (PFP) 16.7% 17
New Republic Party (NRP) 12.1% 10
Herstigte Nationale Party (HNP) 3.3% -
South African Party (SAP) 1.6% 3
Others 1.5% 1
 
29 June 1981 House of Assembly Election
Registered Voters  N/A
Total Votes        N/A [Voter Turnout: N/A]

Party

% of Votes

Number of Seats (165)

National Party (NP)

53.3%

131

Progressive Federal Party (PFP)

18.2%

26

Herstigte Nasionale Party (HNP)

13.1%

-

New Republic Party (NRP)

6.4%

8

Conservative Party (CP)

1.3%

-

Others

7.7%

-

 
2 November 1983 Constitutional Reform Referendum*
Main Points: Presidential Regime, Creation of a tricameral parliament - first Chamber for Whites (178 seats); the second for Coloureds (85 seats); the third for Indians (45 seats).

Registered Voters

2,713,000

Total Votes (Voter Turnout)

2,062,469 (76.0%)

Invalid/Blank Votes

     10,669

Total Valid Votes

2,051,800

Results Number of Votes % of Votes
"Yes" Votes 1,360,223 66.29%
"No" Votes 691,577 33.71%
*The constitutional reforms made no provision for enfranchising Black South Africans.
 
6 May 1987 House of Assembly Election
Registered Voters  N/A
Total Votes        N/A [Voter Turnout: N/A]

Party

% of Votes

Number of Seats (167)*

National Party (NP)

52.29%

124

Conservative Party (CP)

26.62%

22

Progressive Federal Party (PFP)

14.03%

19

Herstigte Nasionale Party (HNP)

2.99%

-

New Republic Party (NRP)

1.97%

1

Others

2.10%

1

*The White Chamber of parliament had 178 members, 167 of whom were directly elected (including a seat from Walvis Bay, which was added in 1981).
 
6 September 1989 House of Assembly Election

Registered Voters

3,120,104

Total Votes (Voter Turnout)

2,167,929* (N/A)

Invalid/Blank Votes

     10,336*

Total Valid Votes

2,157,593*

Party

Number of Votes

% of Votes

Number of Seats 166 (178)**

National Party (NP)

1,039,704

48.19%

 94 (103)

Conservative Party (CP)

680,131

31.52%

39 (41)

Democratic Party (DP)

431,444

20.00%

33 (34)

Herstigte Nasionale Party (HNP)

5,416

0.25%

  - ( - )

Independents

898

0.04%

  - ( - )

*Total, Invalid/Blank, and Valid vote figures apply only to contested seats.
**The White Chamber of parliament had 178 members, 166 of whom were directly elected (including a seat from Walvis Bay, which was added in 1981) with 8 indirectly elected by the directly elected members on the basis of proportional representation and 4 nominated by the president (one from each province). The figures in parentheses reflect the distribution of seats when both the directly and indirectly elected seats are combined.
 
"Coloureds Only" Elections
 
30 September 1969 Coloured Persons’ Representative Council Election

Registered Voters

Not Available

Total Votes (Voter Turnout)

Not Available (48.8%)

Party

Number of Seats (40)

Labour Party (LP)

26

Federal Party (FP)

11

National People’s Party (NPP)

1

Republican Party (RP)

1

Independent

1

Conservative Party (CP)

-

 
19 March 1975 Coloured Persons’ Representative Council Election*

Registered Voters

Not Available

Total Votes (Voter Turnout)

Not Available (N/A)

Party

Number of Seats (40)

Labour Party (LP)

31

Others

9

*On 12 November 1979, the Minister for Coloured Relations - S.J.M. Steyn, stated that no elections were planned after the current five-year term of the elected Coloured Representative Council (CRC) expired on 31 March 1980. He indicated that a nominated interim council, pending new constitutional arrangements would replace the CRC.
 
22 August 1984 House of Representatives Election*

Registered Voters

Not Available

Total Votes (Voter Turnout)

Not Available (30.9%)

Party

Number of Seats (80)

Labour Party (LP)

76

People’s Congress Party (PCP)

2

Freedom Party (FP)**

1

Independent

1

*A referendum approved by white voters in November 1983 allowed for the creation of a tricameral parliament consisting of White, Coloured, and Indian chambers.
**There was a tie in one constituency on Election Day. The seat eventually went to the FP.
 
6 September 1989 House of Representatives Election

Registered Voters

1,439,112

Total Votes (Voter Turnout)

   261,047* (N/A)

Invalid/Blank Votes

       2,861*

Total Valid Votes

   258,186*

Party

Number of Seats
80 (85)**

Labour Party (LP)

69 (74)

Democratic Reform Party (DRP)

5 (5)

United Democratic Party (UDP)

3 (3)

Freedom Party (FP)

1 (1)

Independents

2 (2)

*Total, Invalid/Blank, and Valid vote figures apply only to contested seats.
**Coloured chamber of the tricameral parliament. The chamber had a total of 85 members, 80 of whom were directly elected, with 3 chosen by the directly elected members and 2 appointed by the president. The figures in parentheses reflect the distribution of seats when both the directly and indirectly elected seats are combined.
 
"Indians Only" Elections
 
4 November 1981 South African Indian Council Election

Registered Voters

Not Available

Total Votes (Voter Turnout)

Not Available (10.5%)

No figures available.
 
28 August 1984 House of Delegates Election*

Registered Voters

Not Available

Total Votes (Voter Turnout)

Not Available (16.2%)

Party

Number of Seats (40)

National People’s Party (NPP)

18

Solidarity (SOL)

17

Progressive Independent Party (PIP)

1

Independents

4

*A referendum approved by white voters in November 1983 allowed for the creation of a tricameral parliament consisting of White, Coloured, and Indian chambers. Elections to the House of Delegates among the Indian community are marked by a low poll, protests, boycotts and active opposition by the United Democratic Front (UDF).
 
6 September 1989 House of Delegates Election

Registered Voters

663,604

Total Votes (Voter Turnout)

154,524*

Invalid/Blank Votes

    1,388*

Total Valid Votes

153,136*

Party

Number of Votes

% of Votes

Number of Seats
40 (45)**

Solidarity (SOL)

58,216

38.02%

16 (19)

National People’s Party (NPP)

38,523

25.16%

8 (9)

Democratic Party (DP)

10,427

6.81%

3 (3)

National Federal Party (NFP)

8,058

5.26%

1 (1)

People’s Party of South Africa (PPSA)

6,064

3.96%

1 (1)

United Party (UP)

2,712

1.77%

- (-)

Merit People’s Party (MPP)

2,078

1.36%

3 (4)

Progressive Independent Party (PIP)

1,497

0.98%

- (-)

Freedom Party (FP)

703

0.46%

2 (2)

Republican Party (RP)

701

0.46%

- (-)

Independents

24,157

15.77%

6 (6)

*Total, Invalid/Blank, and Valid vote figures apply only to contested seats.
**Indian chamber of the tricameral parliament. The chamber had a total of 45 members, 40 of whom were directly elected, with 3 chosen by the directly elected members and 2 appointed by the president. The figures in parentheses reflect the distribution of seats when both the directly and indirectly elected seats are combined.
 
Transition to Multiracial Rule (1990-1994)
 
17 March 1992 Referendum*
Main Points: Continuation of the reform process and negotiations to end apartheid in the country.
Ballot Question: Do you support the continuation of the reform process which the State President began on 2 February 1990, and which aims to develop a new constitution through negotiation?

Registered Voters

3,296,800

Total Votes (Voter Turnout)

2,804,947 (85.1%)

Invalid/Blank Votes

       5,142

Total Valid Votes

2,799,805

Results Number of Votes % of Votes
"Yes" Votes 1,924,186 68.73%
"No" Votes 875,619 31.27%
*Only white voters participated in the election.
 
Post-Apartheid Era (1994-Present)
 
26-29 April 1994 National Assembly Election  

Registered Voters

22,709,152 (approx.)

Total Votes (Voter Turnout)

19,726,610 (approx. 86.9%)

Invalid/Blank Votes

     193,112

Total Valid Votes

19,533,498

Party Number of Votes % of Votes Number of Seats (400)
African National Congress (ANC) 12,237,655 62.65% 252
National Party (NP) 3,983,690 20.39% 82
Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) 2,058,294 10.54% 43
Vryheidsfront/Freedom Front (VF/FF) 424,555 2.17% 9
Democratic Party (DP) 338,426 1.73% 7
Pan Africanist Congress of Azania (PAC) 243,478 1.25% 5
African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) 88,104 0.45% 2
Africa Muslim Party (AMP) 34,466 0.18% -
African Moderates Congress Party (AMCP) 27,690 0.14% -
Dikwankwetla Party of South Africa (DPSA) 19,451 0.10% -
Federal Party (FP) 17,663 0.09% -
Minority Front (MF) 13,433 0.07% -
Sport Organisation for Collective Contributions and Equal Rights (SOCCER) 10,575 0.05% -
African Democratic Movement (ADM) 9,886 0.05% -
Women's Rights Peace Party (WRPP) 6,434 0.03% -
Ximoko Progressive Party (XPP) 6,320 0.03% -
Keep it Straight and Simple Party (KISS) 5,916 0.03% -
Workers' List Party (WLP) 4,169 0.02% -
Luso-South African Party (LUSO) 3,293 0.02% -
 
2 June 1999 National Assembly Election

Registered Voters

18,172,751

Total Votes (Voter Turnout)

16,228,462 (89.3%)

Invalid/Blank Votes

     251,320

Total Valid Votes

15,977,142

Party Number of Votes % of Votes Number of Seats (400)
African National Congress (ANC) 10,601,330 66.35% 266
Democratic Party (DP) 1,527,337 9.56% 38
Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) 1,371,477 8.58% 34
New National Party (NNP) 1,098,215 6.87% 28
United Democratic Movement (UDM) 546,790 3.42% 14
African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) 228,975 1.43% 6
Vryheidsfront/Freedom Front (VF/FF) 127,217 0.80% 3
United Christian Democratic Party (UCDP) 125,280 0.78% 3
Pan Africanist Congress of Azania (PAC) 113,125 0.71% 3
Federal Alliance (FA) 86,704 0.54% 2
Minority Front (MF) 48,277 0.30% 1
Afrikaner EenheidsBeweging (AEB) 46,292 0.29% 1
Azanian People's Organisation (AZAPO) 27,257 0.17% 1
Abolition of Income Tax and Usury Party (AITUP) 10,611 0.07% -
Government by the People Green Party (GPGP) 9,193 0.06% -
Socialist Party of Azania (SOPA) 9,062 0.06% -
 
14 April 2004 National Assembly Election

Registered Voters

20,674,926

Total Votes (Voter Turnout)

15,863,558 (76.7%)

Invalid/Blank Votes

     250,887

Total Valid Votes

15,612,671

Party Number of Votes % of Votes Number of Seats (400)
African National Congress (ANC) 10,880,915 69.69% 279
Democratic Alliance (DA) 1,931,201 12.37% 50
Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) 1,088,664 6.97% 28
United Democratic Movement (UDM) 355,717 2.28% 9
Independent Democrats (ID) 269,765 1.73% 7
New National Party (NNP) 257,824 1.65% 7
African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) 250,272 1.60% 7
Vryheidsfront Plus/Freedom Front Plus (VF+/FF+) 139,465 0.89% 4
United Christian Democratic Party (UCDP) 117,792 0.75% 3
Pan Africanist Congress of Azania (PAC) 113,512 0.73% 3
Minority Front (MF) 55,267 0.35% 2
Azanian People's Organisation (AZAPO) 39,116 0.25% 1
Christian Democratic Party (CDP) 17,619 0.11% -
National Action (NA) 15,804 0.10% -
Peace and Justice Congress (PJC) 15,187 0.10% -
Socialist Party of Azania (SOPA) 14,853 0.10% -
New Labour Party (NLP) 13,318 0.09% -
United Front (UF) 11,889 0.08% -
Employment Movement for South Africa (EMSA) 10,446 0.07% -
The Organisation Party (TOP) 7,531 0.05% -
Keep it Straight and Simple Party (KISS) 6,514 0.04% -
 
22 April 2009 National Assembly Election

Registered Voters

23,181,997

Total Votes (Voter Turnout)

17,919,966 (77.3%)

Invalid/Blank Votes

     239,237

Total Valid Votes

17,680,729

Party Number of Votes % of Votes Number of Seats (400)
African National Congress (ANC) 11,650,748 65.90% 264
Democratic Alliance (DA) 2,945,829 16.66% 67
Congress of the People (COPE) 1,311,027 7.42% 30
Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) 804,260 4.55% 18
Independent Democrats (ID) 162,915 0.92% 4
United Democratic Movement (UDM) 149,680 0.85% 4
Vryheidsfront Plus/Freedom Front Plus (VF+/FF+) 146,796 0.83% 4
African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) 142,658 0.81% 3
United Christian Democratic Party (UCDP) 66,086 0.37% 2
Pan Africanist Congress of Azania (PAC) 48,530 0.27% 1
Minority Front (MF) 43,474 0.25% 1
Azanian People's Organisation (AZAPO) 38,245 0.22% 1
African People's Convention (APC) 35,867 0.20% 1
Movement Democratic Party (MDP) 29,747 0.17% -
Al Jama-ah 25,947 0.15% -
Christian Democratic Alliance (CDA) 11,638 0.07% -
National Democratic Convention (NADECO) 10,830 0.06% -
New Vision Party (NVP) 9,296 0.05% -
United Independent Front (UIF) 8,872 0.05% -
Great Kongress of South Africa (GKSA) 8,271 0.05% -
South African Democratic Congress (SADECO) 6,035 0.03% -
Keep It Straight and Simple Party (KISS) 5,440 0.03% -
Pan Africanist Movement (PAM) 5,426 0.03% -
Alliance of Free Democrats (AFD) 5,178 0.03% -
Women Forward (WF) 5,087 0.03% -
A Party 2,847 0.02% -