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Eswatini

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House of Assembly

This is a bicameral parliament. Switch to theSenat

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.
21.09.2018
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.
30.09.2023
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.
59
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".
336
Number of male candidates Number of male candidates
285
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
51
Percentage of women candidates The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women candidates by the total number of candidates.
15.18%
Notes
Political parties are banned.

There is no party system, or all candidates stood as independents.

Results

About the election Short description of the context and results of the election.
The 2018 elections were the first to be held since the country changed its name to Eswatini ("land of the Swazis") in April 2018 on the anniversary of the country's 50th anniversary of independence from Britain. As in previous elections, all candidates stood as independents since the political parties are banned. Most candidates are reportedly loyal to King Mswati III. The African Union (AU) election observers urged Eswatini to consider reviewing the ban on political parties and allow them to compete in elections. The election campaign was low profile: only a few candidate posters were visible and there were no campaign rallies. On 3 October, the King appointed 10 members to the House of Assembly, including his six siblings, who joined the 59 directly elected members (up from 55 previously) in the new 69-member House of Assembly. The new House of Assembly elected Mr. Petros Mavimbela as its new Speaker, who defeated his predecessor, Mr. Themba Msibi.

There is no data on political parties, for example because there is no party system or candidates stood as independents.

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
Note on the alternation of power
Monarchy
Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
57
Number of women elected
2
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.
3.39%
Other notes
Political parties are banned.
Sources
House of Assembly (26.09.2018, 12.10.2018) http://www.elections.org.sz The Times of Swaziland African Press Agency VOA AllAfrica
Women Directly Elected
2
Women Appointed
3

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.
64
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.
5
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.
11.10.2018
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.
Petros Mavimbela (Male)
Date of election
11.10.2018