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South Africa

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Elections in South Africa take place on national, provincial, and local levels. South Africa is a multi-party democracy with the African National Congress in power with a significant majority since 1994. A system of proportional representation, incorporating party lists, is in place which makes it possible for small parties to achieve representation in parliament. The President of South Africa, in full, the President of the Republic of South Africa is the head of state and head of government under South Africas Constitution. ... Thabo Mvuyelwa Mbeki (born June 18, 1942) is the current President of the Republic of South Africa. ... The Deputy President of South Africa is appointed by the President of South Africa. ... Mrs Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka (born November 3, 1955) is the current Deputy President of South Africa. ... Ministers, in the South African government, are Members of Parliament who hold a ministerial warrant to perform certain functions of government. ... A legislature is a type of representative deliberative assembly with the power to adopt laws. ... The Parliament of South Africa is South Africas legislature and is composed of the National Assembly of South Africa and the National Council of Provinces. ... The National Council of Provinces (NCOP) is the upper house of the Parliament of South Africa under the (post-apartheid) constitution which came into full effect in 1997. ... The National Assembly is the lower house of the Parliament of South Africa, located in Cape Town, Western Cape Province. ... The Speaker of the National Assembly presides over the South African National Assembly. ... Baleka Mbete (born September 24, 1949) is a South African politician and the current Speaker of the South African National Assembly. ... Tony Leon Anthony James Leon (born 15 December 1956) is a South African politician and the leader of the Democratic Alliance, South Africas main opposition party and current leader of the opposition. ... Helen Zille (b. ... The Judiciary of South Africa is an independent branch of government, subject only to the South African Constitution and the laws of the country. ... The South African Constitutional Court was established in 1994 by South Africas first democratic constitution: the Interim Constitution of 1993. ... The South African Supreme Court of Appeal (Afrikaans; Hoogste Hof van Appel van Suid Afrika) is the South African court that has the final say on all matters other than those that involve the interpretation of the constitution. ... The High Court of South Africa is a court of law in South Africa. ... Magistrates Courts in South Africa are the lower courts and the courts of of first instance and decide all matters as provided for by an act of parliament. ... A map of the nine provinces of South Africa South Africa is currently divided into nine provinces. ... A map of the 52 districts of South Africa South Africa is divided into 52 districts (Metropolitan and District municipalities). ... Municipalities in South Africa are a division of local government that lie one level down from provincial government, and form the lowest level of democratically elected government structures in the country. ... Political parties in South Africa lists political parties in South Africa. ... Foreign Relations of South Africa South African forces fought on the Allied side in both World War I and World War II, and it participated in the postwar United Nations force in the Korean War. ... Information on politics by country is available for every country, including both de jure and de facto independent states, inhabited dependent territories, as well as areas of special sovereignty. ... For political parties with similar names in other countries, see Northern Rhodesian African National Congress and Zambian African National Congress. ... Proportional representation (sometimes referred to as full representation, or PR), is a category of electoral formula aiming at a close match between the percentage of votes that groups of candidates (grouped by a certain measure) obtain in elections and the percentage of seats they receive (usually in legislative assemblies). ... Party lists are used in elections to legislatures which use Party-list proportional representation or additional member proportional representation to designate a partys nominees in the at-large portion of the vote. ...


The parliament has two chambers, and elects the president. The National Assembly has 400 members, elected for a five year term. The National Council of Provinces has 90 members, elected for a five year term by the provincial parliaments. The National Assembly and Provincial Councils are elected when General Elections are held. The Parliament of South Africa is South Africas legislature and is composed of the National Assembly of South Africa and the National Council of Provinces. ... Image:WashingtonDC Capitol USA2. ... The President of South Africa, in full, the President of the Republic of South Africa is the head of state and head of government under South Africas Constitution. ... The National Assembly is the lower house of the Parliament of South Africa, located in Cape Town, Western Cape Province. ... The National Council of Provinces (NCOP) is the upper house of the Parliament of South Africa under the (post-apartheid) constitution which came into full effect in 1997. ... This is a new article to clarify the General elections held in South Africa South African general election, 1910 South African general election, 1924 South African general election, 1929 South African general election, 1948 South African general election, 1961 South African general election, 1994 South African general election, 1999 South...


Members to the local governing councils in the municipalities and mayors are elected in municipal elections. A municipality is an administrative entity composed of a clearly defined territory and its population and commonly referring to a city, town, or village, or a small grouping of them. ... The 2006 South African municipal elections were held on March 1, 2006, to elect members to the local governing councils in the municipalities of South Africa. ...

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History

Early days of the Union

At the time of Unification and admission as a dominion of Great Britain in 1910 until the 1929 elections the franchise structures of the constituent colonies were applied. Subsequently only white men were allowed to vote in three of the provinces while a highly restricted number of black and coloured men where able to vote in the Cape Province. In 1930 white women received political franchise. However by 1939 black men were disenfranchised in the Cape by being placed on a seperate voters roll - eventually this representation was removed. Under the Union of South Africa and after that under the Republic of South Africa, the old Cape Colony became the Cape of Good Hope Province (though it was commonly known as the Cape Province). ... The term womens suffrage refers to an economic and political reform movement aimed at extending suffrage — the right to vote — to women. ...


Constitutional Crisis in 1950's

After coming to power in 1948 the National Party engaged in a policy of removing coloured voters in a similar manner to black voters. This policy lead to legal challenges and amounted to a Constitutional Crisis which was stopped by Parliament reconstituting the Senate. During the crisis the Supreme Court asserted its right to test the procedure of law creation by Parliament.


Republic of South Africa

In 1960 a referendum was held to decide whether to become a republic. No changes were made to the franchise with the Republic's emergence in 1961. However with the policy of establishing Buntustans the remaining representation in the Senate was completely removed. On October 5, 1960, South Africas white minority government held a referendum on whether or not the then Union should sever links with the British monarchy and become a republic. ...


Tricameral Parliament

After the 1983 referendum, it was decided to create a Tricameral Parliament, giving limited political franchise to the Coloured and Indian population groups. The Tricameral Parliament was the name given to the South African parliament and its structure from 1984 to 1994. ... The Tricameral Parliament was the name given to the South African parliament and its structure from 1984 to 1994. ...


End of Apartheid

After the 1992 referendum, deciding to end apartheid, universal suffrage was implemented allowing people of all races to take part in the first democratic elections in 1994. The South African referendum of 1992 was held on 17 March 1992 in South Africa. ... A segregated beach in South Africa, 1982. ... Elections Part of the Politics series Politics Portal This box:      Universal suffrage (also general suffrage or common suffrage) consists of the extension of the right to vote to all adults, without distinction as to race, sex, belief, intelligence, or economic or social status. ... 1994 General Election results, National Assembly African National Congress (ANC) 12,237,655 62. ...


Since 1994 all adult South Africans have in principle possessed the franchise and the right to vote is entrenched in the Constitution, however various logistical challenges still exist as is common with all democracies


Election results

2004 general election

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Summary of the 14 April 2004 South African National Assembly election results
Parties Leaders Votes % Change Seats Change
African National Congress (ANC) Thabo Mbeki 10,880,915 69.69 +3.34 279 +13
Democratic Alliance (DA) Tony Leon 1,931,201 12.37 +2.81 50 +12
Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) Mangosuthu Buthelezi 1,088,664 6.97 -1.61 28 -6
United Democratic Movement (UDM) Bantu Holomisa 355,717 2.28 -1.14 9 -5
Independent Democrats (ID) Patricia de Lille 269,765 1.7 +1.7 7 +7
New National Party (NNP) Marthinus van Schalkwyk 257,824 1.65 -5.22 7 -21
African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) Kenneth Meshoe 250,272 1.60 +0.17 7 +1
Freedom Front Plus (FF+) Pieter Mulder 139,465 0.89 -0.20 4 -
United Christian Democratic Party (UCDP) Lucas Mangope 117,792 0.75 -0.03 3 -
Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) Motsoko Pheko 113,512 0.73 +0.02 3 -
Minority Front (MF) Amichand Rajbansi 55,267 0.35 +0.05 2 +1
Azanian People's Organisation (AZAPO) Mosibudi Mangena 39,116 0.25 +0.08 1 -
Christian Democratic Party (CDP) Ra Du Plooy 17,619 0.11 +0.11 0 -
National Action (South Africa) (NA) Jacobus Frederick Jonker 15,804 0.10 +0.10 0 -
Peace and Justice Congress (PJC) Muhammed Rashad Khan 15,187 0.10 +0.10 0 -
Socialist Party of Azania (SOPA) LT Mabasa 14,853 0.10 +0.04 0 -
New Labour Party (NLP) Colin Francois du Sart 13,318 0.09 +0.09 0 -
United Front (UF) T. D. Hlatshwayo 11,889 0.08 +0.08 0 -
Employment Movement of South Africa (EMSA) M. Reitz 10,446 0.07 +0.07 0 -
The Organisation Party (TOP) Bradford Wood 7,531 0.05 +0.05 0 -
Keep It Straight and Simple (KISS) C.C. Emary 6,514 0.04 +0.04 0 -
Total 15,612,671 100.0   400 0

Legislative elections were held in South Africa on Wednesday, 14 April 2004. ... The National Assembly is the lower house of the Parliament of South Africa, located in Cape Town, Western Cape Province. ... For political parties with similar names in other countries, see Northern Rhodesian African National Congress and Zambian African National Congress. ... Thabo Mvuyelwa Mbeki (born June 18, 1942) is the current President of the Republic of South Africa. ... The Democratic Alliance (DA) is a liberal South African political party, and the official opposition to the ruling African National Congress. ... Tony Leon Anthony James Leon (born 15 December 1956) is a South African politician and the leader of the Democratic Alliance, South Africas main opposition party. ... The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) is a political party in South Africa. ... Chief Mangosuthu (Gatsha)Ashpenaz Nathan Buthelezi (born August 27, 1928) is a South African Zulu leader, and leader of the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) which he formed in 1975. ... The United Democratic Movement is a South African political party, formed by a prominent former National Party leader, Roelf Meyer (who has since resigned from the UDM), and a former African National Congress and homeland leader, Bantu Holomisa in 1997. ... Bantu Holomisa is a South African Member of Parliament representing the United Democratic Movement. ... The Independent Democrats are a South African political party, formed by former Pan Africanist Congress member Patricia de Lille in 2003. ... Patricia de Lille is the leader of the Independent Democrats, a South African political party which she formed in 2003 when she broke away from the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC). ... The New National Party (NNP) was a South African conservative political party formed when the National Party pulled out of the Government of National Unity with the African National Congress and decided to change its name in the process. ... Marthinus van Schalkwyk is a South African politician, formerly both Premier of the Western Cape Province and Leader of the Opposition in the Parliament of South Africa. ... Developed by Abrie JF Kilian 14:23, 11 Nov 2004 (UTC) The ACDP in brief The African Christian Democratic Party is a political party in South Africa and form part of the International Political Christian Democratic Family. ... Dr. Kenneth Meshoe Kenneth Rasalabe Joseph Meshoe is a South African Christian Democratic politician. ... The Freedom Front (Vryheidsfront) is a South African political party that aims to protect Afrikaner interests. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... The United Christian Democratic Party is a political party in South Africa. ... Kgosi Lucas Manyane Mangope is the former leader of the Bantustan of Bophuthatswana. ... PAC symbol The Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) (later the Pan Africanist Congress of Azania), was a South African liberation movement, that is now a minor political party. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Minority Front is a political party in South Africa. ... Former Chief Minister of the House of Delegates Tricameral parliamentary chamber for Indian people, and leader of the Minority Front. ... The Azanian Peoples Organisation, or AZAPO is a South African political organisation. ... Mosibudi Mangena (1947 - ) is the Minister of Science and Technology in South Africa and President of the Azanian Peoples Organisation (AZAPO). ... The Christian Democratic Party (CDP) is a Christian social Conservative Party in South Africa. ... The National Action is a political party, part of the National Assembly of South Africa in South Africa. ... 2004 election poster of the Socialist Party of Azania, featuring party president Lybon Mabasa The Socialist Party of Azania (SOPA) is a political party in South Africa. ... Categories: South African politics | Politics stubs | Labour parties | South African political parties ... Bradford Wood may refer to: Bradford R. Wood (1800–1889), United States politician Bradford Wood (South African) (born 1942), leader of the South African Minority Front party Category: ...

Past elections and referenda

South African parliamentary elections
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1910 | 1915 | 1920 | 1921 | 1924 | 1929 | 1933 | 1938 | 1943 | 1948 | 1953 | 1958 | 1961 | 1966 | 1970 | 1974 | 1977 | 1981 | 1984 | 1987 | 1989 | 1994 | 1999 | 2004 | 2009
South African referenda
1960 | 1983 | 1992

Image File history File links Flag_of_South_Africa. ... The 1910 South African general election was held for the 130 seats in the parliament of the Union of South Africa on September 15, 1910. ... The 1915 South African general election was held for the 130 seats in the parliament of the Union of South Africa. ... The 1920 South African general election was held for the 134 seats in the parliament of the Union of South Africa. ... The 1921 South African general election was held for the 134 seats in the parliament of the Union of South Africa. ... The 1924 South African general election was a realigning election in the Union of South Africas House of Assembly held on June 19, 1924 to elect 134 members. ... See also: 1928 in South Africa, other events of 1929, 1930 in South Africa and the Timeline of South African history. ... The 1933 South African general election was held for the 148 seats in the parliament of the Union of South Africa. ... The 1938 South African general election was held for the 152 seats in the parliament of the Union of South Africa. ... The 1943 South African general election was held for the 152 seats in the parliament of the Union of South Africa. ... The South African general election of 1948 saw DF Malan calling for the prohibition of mixed marriages, for the banning of black trade unions and for stricter enforcement of job reservation. ... The 1953 South African general election consolidated the position of the National Party under DF Malan, who won an absolute majority of the 156 seats. ... The 1958 South African general election lead to yet another victory for the National Party, this time under the leadership of Hendrik Frensch Verwoerd. ... The 1961 South African general election was the first general election since South Africa became a republic after the 1960 South African referendum. ... The 1966 South African general election resulted in yet another comprehensive victory for the National Party under Hendrik Frensch Verwoerd. ... The 1970 South African general election was held on 22 April for the 166-seat House of Assembly. ... During the 1974 South African general election, held on 24 April, the Progressive Party made a major advance. ... The 1977 South African general election was held on 30 November 1977. ... During the 1981 South African general election, the National Party achieved another landslide victory, winning 131 of 165 seats in parliament. ... The 1984 South African general election held in August of that year, saw a number of Coloured and Indian parties participating in an election for the houses of parliament created for their respective racial groups, although a majority of people in both of these groups opposed the Tricameral Parliament, as... The 1987 South African general election was once again won by the National Party (NP) under P. W. Botha, although for the first time it faced serious opposition from the right of the South African political spectrum. ... The 1989 South African general election was South Africas last national race-based parliamentary election. ... 1994 General Election results, National Assembly African National Congress (ANC) 12,237,655 62. ... South Africas second non-racial general election, held on 1999-06-02, was won by the African National Congress (ANC), who increased their number of seats by 14. ... Legislative elections were held in South Africa on Wednesday, 14 April 2004. ... Sometime in 2009, South Africa will hold national elections to elect a new government. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_South_Africa. ... On October 5, 1960, South Africas white minority government held a referendum on whether or not the then Union should sever links with the British monarchy and become a republic. ... The Tricameral Parliament was the name given to the South African parliament and its structure from 1984 to 1994. ... The South African referendum of 1992 was held on 17 March 1992 in South Africa. ...

Municipal

The 2000 South African municipal elections were held on 5 December 2000 to elect members to the local governing councils in the municipalities of South Africa. ... The 2006 South African municipal elections were held on March 1, 2006, to elect members to the local governing councils in the municipalities of South Africa. ...

See also

This electoral calendar lists the national/federal direct elections in the countries listed in the list of countries. ...

References

  • Women's suffrage. Retrieved on 2006-03-04.
  • Adam Carr's Election Archive
  • African Elections Database

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South Africa's soaring crime rate is item No. 1 on voters' minds.
Crime stalks South Africa's road from apartheid, sapping much-needed confidence in the country and putting many whites to flight.
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