South Africa

Election results

Data on parliamentary elections, including the background, candidates, voter turnout, results and the formation of the new legislature. By default the latest election results are displayed. Select a date to view results from previous elections

Background

Election date(s) The date when elections started and ended for directly or indirectly elected parliaments/chambers. The date of appointments for appointed parliaments/chambers.
07.05.2014
Timing of election Timing of election: Upon normal expiry; Early elections; Delayed elections
Upon normal expiry
Expected date of next elections The expected date at which the next elections should take place, based on law or practice.
31.05.2024
Number of seats at stake Number of seats contested at the elections. Where the parliament/chamber is fully renewed, this number is usually identical to the statutory number of members. Where the parliament/chamber is partially renewed or appointed, the number of seats at stake is usually less than the total number of members.
400
Scope of elections Scope of elections: Full renewal; Partial renewal.
Full renewal

Candidates

Total number of candidates Total number of people who registered as candidates for election. Does not include people who stood as candidates to become "substitute members".
4,254
The number of women candidates is not available from authoritative sources.
Notes
Number of candidates: 2,089 candidates on the national lists and 2,165 on the regional lists.
Number of parties contesting the election This field may include either the number of parties contesting the election, or the number of coalitions/electoral alliance.
29

Voter turnout

Registration Number of people registered to vote
25,388,082
Votes Number of people who actually voted
18,654,771
Voter turnout The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of people who actually voted by the number of people registered to vote
73.48%

Results

About the election Short description of the context and results of the election.
President Jacob Zuma's African National Congress (ANC) won the elections, taking 249 of the 400 seats at stake in the National Assembly. The main opposition Democratic Alliance (DA), led by Ms. Helen Zille, came in second with 89 seats, up from 67 in the previous legislature. Four parties entered Parliament for the first time. They include the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), a new party led by former leader of ANC's Youth League, Mr. Julius Malema, which came in third with 25 seats. The remaining 37 seats went to ten other parties. On 21 May, the National Assembly elected Ms. Baleka Mbete as its Speaker and re-elected Mr. Zuma as the country's President.

During the election campaign, the ANC ran on the government's record, underscoring how life in South Africa had improved during 20 years of ANC rule since the first democratic elections in 1994. It promised to create decent jobs by directing the State to progressively buy at least 75% of its goods and services from South African producers. The DA criticized the ANC for not doing enough to tackle unemployment. It pledged to stop corruption. The EFF, which qualifies itself as Marxist-Leninist, promised the equal redistribution of lands and the nationalization of mines, banks and other strategic sectors of the economy, without compensation.

The 2014 elections were the first to be held since the death in December 2013 of the national icon and former President Nelson Mandela (ANC), who had led the country after the end of apartheid in 1994. So-called "born frees" (those born after 1994) voted for the first time in 2014. A record 33 parties - up from 27 in 2009 - contested the elections.
Number of parties winning seats The number of parties which won parliamentary representation in the given election.
13
Percentage of parties winning seats The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of parties which won parliamentary representation by the number of parties contesting the election.
44.83%
Percentage of seats won by largest party or coalition The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of seats won by the largest party by the number of seats at stake in the election.
62.25%
Alternation of power after elections The results of the elections caused a change in the government. "Not applicable" to countries using the presidential system when parliamentary and presidential elections are held separately, to countries in political transition or where there is no party system.
No
Number of parties in government The government may be formed by one or more political parties
1
Names of parties in government The government may be formed by one or more political parties
African National Congress (ANC)
Parties or coalitions winning seats
Political groups winning seats breakdown
Political group Total
African National Congress (ANC) 249
Democratic Alliance (DA) 89
Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) 25
Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) 10
National Freedom Party (NFP) 6
Freedom Front Plus (VF Plus) 4
United Democratic Movement (UDM) 4
African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) 3
African Independent Congress (AIC) 3
Congress of the People (COPE) 3
Agang SA 2
African Peoples' Convention (APC) 1
Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) 1
Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
237
Number of women elected
163
Percentage of women elected The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women elected in the election and the number of seats at stake at the election.
40.75%
Sources
Parliament (03.06.2014, 05.06.2014, 29.08.2014, 15.04.2015, 09.09.2015, 16.10.2015, 28.01.2016, 10.02.2016, 10.06.2016, 01.08.2016, 19.08.2016, 24.08.2016, 25.08.2016, 07.09.2016, 26.10.2016, 10.11.2016, 14.11.2016, 07.12.2016, 12.01.2017, 31.01.2017, 01.03.2017, 13.04.2017, 04.05.2017, 14.06.2017, 22.06.2017, 17.08.2017, 06.09.2017, 05.10.2017, 10.10.2017, 13.11.2017, 12.12.2017, 23.01.2018, 23.04.2018, 12.06.2018, 14.08.2018, 16.08.2018, 21.08.2018)
Electoral Commission of South Africa
Women Directly Elected
163

New legislature

Total number of men after the election The total number of male parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
237
Total number of women after the election The total number of female parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
163
Date of the first session The date when the newly elected parliament/chamber was convened for the first time. It may be different from the date when members were sworn in.
21.05.2014
First Speaker of the new legislature
First Speaker of the new legislature First name of the Speaker of the new legislature following the election or renewal.
Baleka Mbete (Female)
Political party
African National Congress (ANC)
Date of election
21.05.2014