Registration of Political Parties

Updated June 2010

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Country Law and content
ANGOLA Registration governed by Law 2/2005 of 1 July 2005 which requires registration with Constitutional Court/Supreme Court
Lays down registration requirements, processes and party dissolution
BOTSWANA Registration governed by Societies Act of 1987 which requires registration with Registrar of Societies
Lays down registration requirements, processes and cancellation
DRC Registration governed by Law No 04/002 of 15 March 2004 which requires registration with Minister of Home Affairs
Lays down terms of party formation, application requirements, registration and appeal processes and party dissolution and suspension
LESOTHO Registration governed by 1966 Societies Act, which is an administrative formality with the Registrar General at the Law Office, and the National Assembly Election Order 1992 which rquires registration with the Independent Electoral Commission to participate in an election
National Assembly Election Order 1992 lays down qualifications and conditions and cancellation and appeals
MADAGASCAR Registration governed by Loi no 2009-002 relative aux partis politiques, which requires registration with Ministry of Interior and must be renewed annually
Lays down application process, refusal of registration, cancellation of registration and dissolution of parties
MALAWI Registration governed by Political Parties (Registration and Regulation) Act of 1993 which requires registration with Registrar of Political Parties
Lays down application, processes, refusal of registration, cancellation of registration and information disclosure and confidentiality
MAURITIUS Registration governed by Constitution of Mauritius (1968, First Schedule 2) requires that parties register with Electoral Supervisory Commission 14 days before nomination day
National Assembly Elections Regulations (Act 12/68) of 1968 lays down process
MOZAMBIQUE Registration governed by Law 7/91 which requires registration with the Ministry of Justice to function as a party and Law 20/02 which requires registration with the National Electoral Commission to participate in an election
NAMIBIA Registration governed by Electoral Act 1992 which requires registration with Electoral Commission of Namibia
Lays down terms of registration, registration process and changes and refusal and cancellation of registration
SEYCHELLES Registration governed by Political Parties (Registration and Regulation) Act 1991 which requires registration with Electoral Commissioner
Lays down application, refusal of registration, cancellation and information disclosure and confidentiality
SOUTH AFRICA Registration governed by Electoral Act 1998 which requires registration with Independent Electoral Commission
Lays down process, refusal of registration, appeals and deregistration
SWAZILAND There is no regulation of registration political parties. Political parties were banned in 1973, but unbanned by a High Court order on the basis a clause in the new Constitution guaranteeing freedom of association
TANZANIA Registration governed by Political Parties Act 1992 which requires registration with Registrar of Political Parties
Lays down terms and process, provisional registration, full registration, cancellation of registration and appeals
ZAMBIA Registration governed by Societies Act which requires registration with Registrar of Societies
Lays down application, procedures, cancellation and appeals
ZANZIBAR Autonomous territory within the United Republic of Tanzania. Party formation, registration and regulation are Union matters and regulated by Tanzania national law (see above)
ZIMBABWE No law requiring registration