South Africa: 2006 National overview - Voter turnout

Updated March 2006

Each voter, depending on where he or she is registered, may have two or three votes. "Potential votes" is the sum of all votes it is possible for voters in a province to cast. Turnout is thus measured as number of votes cast as a percentage of potential votes. For an explanation of the voting system see: Municipal structures and balloting in 2006.

Province Registered Potential votes Total Votes % Turnout
Eastern Cape 2 908 106 8 185 243 4 588 790 56.06
Free State 1 318 408 3 955 075 1 868 338 47.24
Gauteng 4 785 955 10 310 356 4 379 383 42.48
KwaZulu-Natal 3 964 817 10 498 327 5 308 650 50.57
Limpopo 2 145 186 6 435 558 2 879 649 47.24
Mpumalanga 1 546 728 4 637 692 2 149 802 46.35
North West 1 554 864 4 664 592 2 128 449 45.63
Northern Cape 528 657 1 572 467 841 485 53.51
Western Cape 2 301 371 5 394 471 2 793 554 51.79
Total 21 054 092 55 653 781 26 938 100 48.40

Source

IEC 2006 "Voter turnout and spoilt votes" [www] http://www.elections.org.za/papers/252/LGE2006%20-%20Spoilt%20votes%20and %20Voter%20Turnout.exe [Excel document, opens new window] (accessed 26 Feb 2010).