Record number of parties to contest election

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Voters will be faced with their biggest choice yet in a national election after a record number of 48 political parties met the legal requirements to contest this year’s elections, the Electoral Commission (IEC) said in a media release.

This is 19 more parties than contested the 2014 national elections. The parties which will contest the national elections (in alphabetical order) are:

AFRICAN CHRISTIAN DEMOCRATIC PARTY
AFRICAN CONGRESS OF DEMOCRATS
AFRICAN CONTENT MOVEMENT
AFRICAN COVENANT
AFRICAN DEMOCRATIC CHANGE
AFRICAN INDEPENDENT CONGRESS
AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS
AFRICAN PEOPLE’S CONVENTION
AFRICAN RENAISSANCE UNITY
AFRICAN SECURITY CONGRESS
AFRICAN TRANSFORMATION MOVEMENT
AFRIKAN ALLIANCE OF SOCIAL DEMOCRATS
AGANG SOUTH AFRICA
AL JAMA-AH
ALLIANCE FOR TRANSFORMATION FOR ALL
AZANIAN PEOPLE’S ORGANISATION
BETTER RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION
BLACK FIRST LAND FIRST
CAPITALIST PARTY OF SOUTH AFRICA
CHRISTIAN POLITICAL MOVEMENT
COMPATRIOTS OF SOUTH AFRICA
CONGRESS  OF THE PEOPLE
DEMOCRATIC ALLIANCE
DEMOCRATIC LIBERAL CONGRESS
ECONOMIC EMANCIPATION FORUM
ECONOMIC FREEDOM FIGHTERS
FORUM 4 SERVICE DELIVERY
FREE DEMOCRATS
FRONT NASIONAAL/FRONT NATIONAL
GOOD
INDEPENDENT CIVIC ORGANISATION OF SOUTH AFRICA
INKATHA FREEDOM PARTY
INTERNATIONAL REVELATION CONGRESS
LAND PARTY
MINORITY FRONT
NATIONAL FREEDOM PARTY
NATIONAL PEOPLES AMBASSADORS
NATIONAL PEOPLE’S FRONT
PAN AFRICANIST CONGRESS OF AZANIA
PATRIOTIC ALLIANCE
PEOPLE’S REVOLUTIONARY MOVEMENT
POWER OF AFRICANS UNITY
SOCIALIST REVOLUTIONARY WORKERS PARTY
SOUTH AFRICAN MAINTANANCE AND ESTATE BENEFICIARIES ASSOCIATION
SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS OF TRADITIONAL AUTHORITIES
UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT
VRYHEIDSFRONT PLUS
WOMEN FORWARD

 

The deadline also saw a new record number of parties contesting all provincial elections with the largest number of parties contesting Gauteng (36) and the smallest number contesting the Northern Cape (21)

Province Number of parties contesting 2019 provincial elections Number of parties which contested 2014 provincial elections
Eastern Cape 26 18
Free State 28 16
Gauteng 36 22
KwaZulu-Natal 31 18
Limpopo 34 20
Mpumalanga 28 16
Northern Cape 21 16
North West 29 16
Western Cape 34 25

 

The following parties will contest the provincial elections in the Eastern Cape:

PARTIES CONTESTING EASTERN CAPE LEGISLATURE
AFRICAN CHANGE ACADEMY
AFRICAN CHRISTIAN DEMOCRATIC PARTY
AFRICAN CONTENT MOVEMENT
AFRICAN COVENANT
AFRICAN INDEPENDENT CONGRESS
AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS
AFRICAN PEOPLE’S CONVENTION
AFRICAN TRANSFORMATION MOVEMENT
AL JAMA-AH
ALLIANCE FOR TRANSFORMATION FOR ALL
AZANIAN PEOPLE’S ORGANISATION
CHRISTIAN POLITICAL MOVEMENT
CONGRESS  OF THE PEOPLE
DEMOCRATIC ALLIANCE
ECONOMIC FREEDOM FIGHTERS
FORUM 4 SERVICE DELIVERY
GOOD
INKATHA FREEDOM PARTY
INTERNATIONAL REVELATION CONGRESS
NATIONAL FREEDOM PARTY
PAN AFRICANIST CONGRESS OF AZANIA
PEOPLE’S REVOLUTIONARY MOVEMENT
PLAASLIKE BESORGDE INWONERS
SOCIALIST REVOLUTIONARY WORKERS PARTY
UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT
VRYHEIDSFRONT PLUS

 

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