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2019 National Elections: Which Parties Are Battling For Your Vote?


According to Sy Mamabolo, chief electoral officer of the Electoral Commission of SA (IEC), this is 19 more than the number of parties that contested the 2014 general elections.

The various parties signed the IEC code of conduct in Gallagher Estate in Midrand on Wednesday.

“The code holds contesting parties and candidates to a code of behaviour intended to promote conditions that are conducive to free and fair elections and creating a climate of tolerance, free political campaigning, and open public debate. It is in effect from the day of proclamation of an election until the announcement of results,” the IEC said in a statement.

Here are the parties that are taking part in the 2019 elections in alphabetical order:

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 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 of 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
Inkhatha Freedom Party

International Revelation Congress
Land Party
Minority Front
National Freedom Front
National People’s Ambassadors
National People’s Front
Pan Africanist Congress of Azania

Alliance
People’s Revolutionary Movement
Power of African’s Unity
Socialist Revolutionary Worker’s Party
South African Maintenance and Estate Beneficiaries
South African National Congress of Traditional Authorities
United Democratic Movement
Vryheidsheidfront Plus
Women Forward

The IEC says there is a record number of parties contesting the provincial elections.

Gauteng has the largest number of parties contesting at 36. Western Cape and Limpopo come second with 34. KwaZulu-Natal has 31 parties contesting the provincial elections, while the North West has 29 parties. Mpumalanga and the Free State have 28 parties each. The Eastern Cape has 26 parties taking part while the Northern Cape has the smallest number at 21.

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