Fri. Jan 22nd, 2021

Election results 2019: Here’s who made it to the National Assembly

Election results 2019 South Africa National AssemblyHere’s how South Africa’s sixth parliament will look.

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South Africa’s 2019 election results have been counted and calculated, which defines the political parties that will be represented in the country’s sixth parliament.

In some senses, it’s been the closest political contest since the dawn of democracy. The ruling African National Congress (ANC) has managed to hold onto its national majority but suffered the greatest loss of support in polling history.

The official opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), also suffered some debilitating defeats, largely due to the monumental growth of the lesser-known Freedom Front Plus (VF+).

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) showed the greatest gains at this year’s electoral conference – unseating the DA as official opposition in Mpumalanga – and increasing its national vote share by more than 4%.

With all votes tallied, attention turns to Parliamentary seating allocations, which defines representation in the country’s National Assembly.

Read this for a detailed explanation of government structures, including parliament, the National Assembly (NA) and National Council of Provinces (NCOP).

Watch: How are parliamentary seats distributed?

While calculating parliamentary seats is considered a complex process, the folks over at Politically Aweh have made an easy-to-follow video-explainer which describes exactly how seats in parliament are distributed after general elections.

Election results 2019: National Assembly seats, wins and losses

The ANC lost the greatest number of seats as a result of this year’s grim election results. Still, the ruling party enjoys a hefty 57% majority.

But the ANC’s losses have been the EFF’s gains. There were only 25 Red Berets in the National Assembly as a result of the 2014 elections; this year the EFF has grown their parliamentary representation by 72%, the biggest increase in the National Assembly.

Following an impressive electoral outcome, the VF+ has bolstered its number of seats in the National Assembly by 125%. The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) has also enjoyed a resurgence, especially in KwaZulu-Natal, which has translated to a representational increase of 30%.

Here’s how South Africa’s sixth parliament will look, in terms of seats in the National Assembly:

ANC 230 -19
DA 83 -6
EFF 43 +18
IFP 13 +3
VF+ 9 +5
ACDP 5 0
UDM 3 -1
ATM 3 +3
GOOD 3 +3
NFP 2 -2
AIC 2 -1
COPE 2 -1
PAC 1 0
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