South Africa: 2011 Local election candidates by party

Updated April 2011

A total of 121 parties fielded candidates for the 2011 local government elections, compared with 97 in 2006 and 79 in 2000; only two wards were not contested (IEC 2011). A total nomber of 10 055 seats were up for contestation, 4 277 ward seats and 5 778 proportional represtation seats (Municipal Demarcation Board 2010, 2).

Note: The Independent Democrats was in the process of merging with the Democratic Alliance and fielded candidates under the Democratic Alliance banner.

Party No Candidates % Seats contested
African National Congress 9 403 93.52
Democratic Alliance 7 117 70.78
Congress of the People 5 929 58.97
African Christian Democratic Party 3 735 37.15
Pan Africanist Congress of Azania 2 985 29.69
Inkatha Freedom Party 2 702 26.87
National Freedom Party 2 591 25.77
United Democratic Movement 2 324 23.11
Freedom Front + 2 303 22.90
African People's Convention 2 158 21.46
Azanian People's Organisation 1 491 14.83
United Christian Democratic Party 606 6.03
Christian Democratic Party 491 4.88
African Christian Alliance-Afrikaner Christen Alliansie 488 4.85
Movement Democratic Party 388 3.86
Independent Ratepayers Association of SA 359 3.57
South African Progressive Civic Organisation 353 3.51
Minority Front 355 3.53
National People's Party 290 2.88
United Independent Front 261 2.60
Dikwankwetla Party of South Africa 247 2.46
Pan Africanist Movement 244 2.43
United Residents Front 230 2.29
26 parties with 100-200 candidates 3 583 -
19 parties with 40-99 candidates 1 291 -
18 parties with 20-39 candidates 518 -
21 parties with 10-19 candidates 323 -
13 parties with 1-9 candidates 83 -
Independents 748 -
Total 53 596 100.00

Table source

IEC 2011.

References

INDEPENDENT ELECTORAL COMMISSION (IEC) 2011 "Candidate statistics", [www] http://www.elections.org.za/content/WorkArea/DownloadAsset.aspx?id=1770 [PDF document, opens new window] (accessed 15 Apr 2011).

MUNICIPAL DEMARCATION BOARD 2010 "Municipal Demarcation Board hands over municipal ward for the 2011 local government elections", [www] http://www.demarcation.org.za/pages/documents/2010_09_01%20Wards%20Press%20Statement.pdf [PDF document, opens new window] (accessed 15 Apr 2011).