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General elections were held in South Africa on Wednesday, 14 April 2004. The African National Congress (ANC) of President Thabo Mbeki, which came to power after the end of the apartheid system in 1994, was re-elected with an increased majority. These were the third elections held since the end of the apartheid era. The South African National Assembly consists of 400 members, elected by proportional representation. 200 members are elected from national party lists, the other 200 are elected from party lists in each of the nine provinces. The President of South Africa is chosen by the National Assembly after each election. The ANC, which has been in power since 1994, obtained 69.7% of votes cast on the national ballot, theoretically allowing them to change the constitution. Some 20.6-million people were registered for the 2004 general elections, which was about 2 million more than in 1999. About 76% of registered voters took part in the election, with the ANC receiving 69.7% of the votes cast. However, only 56% of eligible voters (South African citizens of voting age) took part in the 2004 election, which means that the ANC received votes from only about 38% of all eligible voters. The year 2004 saw an increase in voter abstention and there was at least one high-profile election and registration boycotts campaign, the No Land! No House! No Vote! Campaign. The main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, also obtained an increased percentage on the national ballot, most likely from former supporters of the New National Party, possibly losing some support to Patricia de Lille's new Independent Democrats. The New National Party, a descendant of the ruling party of the apartheid era, collapsed and lost most of their support, dropping from 6.9% in 1999 to 1.7% (it was 20.4% in 1994), many of their supporters being unhappy with their alliance with the ANC. The Independent Democrats surprised many observers by obtaining more votes than the New National Party, becoming the fifth largest party. The Inkatha Freedom Party lost some support, including the majority in their stronghold province of Kwazulu-Natal, while the United Democratic Movement also lost support, barely hanging on as opposition in their stronghold, the Eastern Cape.

National Assembly results



Contested seat

When the official results were released, the ACDP successfully challenged the outcome. As a result, one of the two seats AZAPO won initially was handed over to the ACDP.

Provincial legislature results

Elections for the nine provincial parliaments were held at the same time as for the National Assembly.

Eastern Cape

|-style="background:#e9e9e9;" !colspan="2" style="text-align:left"|Party !Votes !% ! +/− !Seats ! +/− from last
election ! +/− from before
this election |- | |1,768,987 |79.27 | +5.47 |51 | +4 | +2 |- | |205,993 |9.23 | −4.36 |6 | −3 | −1 |- | |163,785 |7.34 | +1.05 |5 | +1 | 0 |- | |22,324 |1.00 | −0.14 |1 | 0 | 0 |- | |17,372 |0.78 | −0.18 |0 | 0 | 0 |- | |17,314 |0.78 | +0.78 |0 | 0 | 0 |- | |14,084 |0.63 | −2.59 |0 | −2 | −1 |- | |5,692 |0.26 | −0.25 |0 | 0 | 0 |- | |4,373 |0.20 | −0.13 |0 | 0 | 0 |- | |3,884 |0.17 | +0.17 |0 | 0 | 0 |- | |3,356 |0.15 | +0.15 |0 | 0 | 0 |- | |2,707 |0.12 | +0.12 |0 | 0 | 0 |- | style="background-color:#eeeeee;" | |style="text-align:left"|National Action |1,672 |0.07 | +0.07 |0 | 0 | 0 |-style="background:#e9e9e9;" !colspan="2" style="text-align:left"|Total !2,231,543 !colspan="2" style="text-align:center"|100.00 !colspan="3" style="text-align:center"|63 |- |colspan="2" style="text-align:left"|Spoilt votes |28,360 |colspan="5"|

Free State

|-style="background:#e9e9e9;" !colspan="2" style="text-align:left"|Party !Votes !% ! +/− !Seats ! +/−No members of this legislature crossed the floor during the 2003 floor-crossing period. |- | |827,338 |81.78 | +0.99 |25 | 0 |- | |85,714 |8.47 | +3.14 |3 | +1 |- | |24,946 |2.47 | −0.04 |1 | 0 |- | |13,119 |1.30 | +0.40 |1 | +1 |- | |11,969 |1.18 | +0.03 |0 | 0 |- | |9,806 |0.99 | +0.97 |0 | 0 |- | |8,947 |0.88 | −0.78 |0 | 0 |- | |8,295 |0.82 | −4.38 |0 | −2 |- | |7,825 |0.77 | −0.01 |0 | 0 |- | |5,289 |0.52 | +0.52 |0 | 0 |- | |3,571 |0.35 | +0.35 |0 | 0 |- | |3,563 |0.35 | −0.12 |0 | 0 |- | style="background-color:#eeeeee;" | |style="text-align:left"|National Action |1,224 |0.12 | +0.12 |0 | 0 |-style="background:#e9e9e9;" !colspan="2" style="text-align:left"|Total !1,011,606 !colspan="2" style="text-align:center"|100.00 !colspan="3" style="text-align:center"|30 |- |colspan="2" style="text-align:left"|Spoilt votes |15,795 |colspan="5"|

Gauteng

|-style="background:#e9e9e9;" !colspan="2" style="text-align:left"|Party !Votes !% ! +/− !Seats ! +/− from last
election ! +/− from before
this election |- | |2,331,121 |68.40 | +0.52 |51 | +1 | +1 |- | |708,081 |20.78 | +2.82 |15 | +2 | +3 |- | |85,500 |2.51 | −1.00 |2 | −1 | −1 |- | |55,991 |1.64 | +0.48 |1 | 0 | 0 |- | |51,921 |1.52 | +1.52 |1 | +1 | 0 |- |Successor to the Freedom Front, the Afrikaner Eenheidsbeweging, and the Conservative Party. |45,648 |1.34 | −0.22 |1 | 0 | 0 |- | |33,644 |0.99 | −0.97 |1 | 0 | 0 |- | |29,076 |0.85 | +0.12 |1 | +1 | +1 |- | |25,992 |0.76 | −3.13 |0 | −3 | −3 |- | |8,857 |0.26 | +0.02 |0 | 0 | 0 |- | |8,670 |0.25 | +0.09 |0 | 0 | 0 |- | style="background-color:#eeeeee;" | |style="text-align:left"|Christian Democratic Party |7,773 |0.23 | +0.23 |0 | 0 | 0 |- | style="background-color:#eeeeee;" | |style="text-align:left"|National Action |4,712 |0.14 | +0.14 |0 | 0 | 0 |- | style="background-color:#eeeeee;" | |style="text-align:left"|Peace and Justice Congress |3,208 |0.09 | +0.09 |0 | 0 | 0 |- | |3,191 |0.09 | +0.04 |0 | 0 | 0 |- | style="background-color:#eeeeee;" | |style="text-align:left"|Economic Freedom Movement |1,862 |0.05 | +0.05 |0 | 0 | 0 |- | style="background-color:#eeeeee;" | |style="text-align:left"|Pro-Death Penalty Party |1,825 |0.05 | +0.05 |0 | 0 | 0 |- | style="background-color:#eeeeee;" | |style="text-align:left"|Black People's Convention |1,236 |0.04 | +0.04 |0 | 0 | 0 |-style="background:#e9e9e9;" !colspan="2" style="text-align:left"|Total !3,408,308 !colspan="2" style="text-align:center"|100.00 !colspan="3" style="text-align:center"|73 |- |colspan="2" style="text-align:left"|Spoilt votes |43,917 |colspan="5"|

KwaZulu-Natal

|-style="background:#e9e9e9;" !colspan="2" style="text-align:left"|Party !Votes !% ! +/− !Seats ! +/− from last
election ! +/− from before
this election |- | |1,287,823 |46.98 | +7.59 |38 | +6 | +3 |- | |1,009,267 |36.82 | −5.08 |30 | −4 | −2 |- | |228,857 |8.35 | +0.19 |7 | +1 | 0 |- | |71,540 |2.61 | −0.32 |2 | 0 | 0 |- | |48,892 |1.78 | −0.03 |2 | +1 | +1 |- | |20,546 |0.75 | −0.42 |1 | 0 | 0 |- | |14,218 |0.52 | −2.76 |0 | −3 | −2 |- | |13,556 |0.49 | +0.49 |0 | 0 | 0 |- | |7,764 |0.28 | −0.14 |0 | 0 | 0 |- | |7,061 |0.26 | +0.09 |0 | 0 | 0 |- | |5,118 |0.19 | −0.07 |0 | 0 | 0 |- | |5,023 |0.18 | +0.07 |0 | 0 | 0 |- | style="background-color:#eeeeee;" | |style="text-align:left"|Christian Democratic Party |4,980 |0.18 | +0.18 |0 | 0 | 0 |- | style="background-color:#eeeeee;" | |style="text-align:left"|Izwi Lethu Party |4,858 |0.18 | +0.18 |0 | 0 | 0 |- | |3,921 |0.14 | +0.14 |0 | 0 | 0 |- | style="background-color:#eeeeee;" | |style="text-align:left"|Peace and Development Party |3,154 |0.12 | +0.12 |0 | 0 | −1 |- | style="background-color:#eeeeee;" | |style="text-align:left"|Royal Loyal Progress |3,141 |0.11 | +0.11 |0 | 0 | 0 |- | style="background-color:#eeeeee;" | |style="text-align:left"|Independent African Movement |1,546 |0.06 | +0.06 |0 | 0 | 0 |-style="background:#e9e9e9;" !colspan="2" style="text-align:left"|Total !2,741,265 !colspan="2" style="text-align:center"|100.00 !colspan="3" style="text-align:center"|80 |- |colspan="2" style="text-align:left"|Spoilt votes |41,300 |colspan="5"|

Limpopo

|-style="background:#e9e9e9;" !colspan="2" style="text-align:left"|Party !Votes !% ! +/− !Seats ! +/− |- | |1,439,853 |89.18 | +0.89 |45 | +1 |- | |57,930 |3.59 | +2.17 |2 | +1 |- | |27,780 |1.72 | −0.79 |1 | 0 |- | |20,418 |1.26 | +0.16 |1 | 0 |- | |15,222 |0.94 | −0.46 |0 | −1 |- | style="background-color:#eeeeee;" | |style="text-align:left"|Alliance for Democracy and Prosperity |9,933 |0.62 | +0.62 |0 | 0 |- | |9,724 |0.60 | −0.44 |0 | 0 |- | style="background-color:#eeeeee;" | |style="text-align:left"|Ximoko Party |9,587 |0.59 | −0.24 |0 | 0 |- | |8,204 |0.51 | −0.03 |0 | 0 |- | |7,443 |0.46 | −1.24 |0 | −1 |- | |3,477 |0.22 | +0.22 |0 | 0 |- | |2,730 |0.17 | +0.17 |0 | 0 |- | style="background-color:#eeeeee;" | |style="text-align:left"|National Action |2,213 |0.14 | +0.14 |0 | 0 |-style="background:#e9e9e9;" !colspan="2" style="text-align:left"|Total !1,614,514 !colspan="2" style="text-align:center"|100.00 !colspan="3" style="text-align:center"|49 |- |colspan="2" style="text-align:left"|Spoilt votes |21,947 |colspan="5"|

Mpumalanga

|-style="background:#e9e9e9;" !colspan="2" style="text-align:left"|Party !Votes !% ! +/− !Seats ! +/− |- | |959,436 |86.30 | +1.48 |27 | +1 |- | |77,119 |6.94 | +2.46 |2 | +1 |- | |13,732 |1.24 | −0.87 |1 | 0 |- | |12,065 |1.09 | −0.03 |0 | 0 |- | |11,161 |1.00 | −0.42 |0 | −1 |- | |10,643 |0.96 | −0.46 |0 | 0 |- | |7,668 |0.69 | +0.04 |0 | 0 |- | style="background-color:#eeeeee;" | |style="text-align:left"|Sindawonye Progressive Party |5,925 |0.53 | +0.15 |0 | 0 |- | |5,122 |0.46 | −2.02 |0 | −1 |- | |3,406 |0.31 | +0.31 |0 | 0 |- | |2,113 |0.19 | +0.09 |0 | 0 |- | |1,878 |0.17 | −0.06 |0 | 0 |- | |1,424 |0.13 | +0.13 |0 | 0 |-style="background:#e9e9e9;" !colspan="2" style="text-align:left"|Total !1,111,692 !colspan="2" style="text-align:center"|100.00 !colspan="3" style="text-align:center"|30 |- |colspan="2" style="text-align:left"|Spoilt votes |17,792 |colspan="5"|

North West

|-style="background:#e9e9e9;" !colspan="2" style="text-align:left"|Party !Votes !% ! +/− !Seats ! +/− |- | |1,048,089 |80.71 | +1.74 |27 | 0 |- | |110,233 |8.49 | −1.08 |3 | 0 |- | |64,925 |5.00 | +1.74 |2 | +1 |- | |17,123 |1.32 | −0.57 |1 | 0 |- | |15,138 |1.17 | +0.23 |0 | 0 |- | |12,513 |0.96 | −0.32 |0 | 0 |- | |10,923 |0.84 | +0.10 |0 | 0 |- | |5,709 |0.44 | +0.44 |0 | 0 |- | |5,592 |0.43 | −1.86 |0 | −1 |- | |3,718 |0.29 | +0.29 |0 | 0 |- | |3,211 |0.25 | −0.27 |0 | 0 |- | style="background-color:#eeeeee;" | |style="text-align:left"|National Action |1,389 |0.11 | +0.11 |0 | 0 |-style="background:#e9e9e9;" !colspan="2" style="text-align:left"|Total !1,298,563 !colspan="2" style="text-align:center"|100.00 !colspan="3" style="text-align:center"|33 |- |colspan="2" style="text-align:left"|Spoilt votes |23,224 |colspan="5"|

Northern Cape

|-style="background:#e9e9e9;" !colspan="2" style="text-align:left"|Party !Votes !% ! +/− !Seats ! +/− |- | |219,365 |68.83 | +4.51 |21 | +1 |- | |35,297 |11.08 | +6.31 |3 | +2 |- | |23,970 |7.52 | −16.65 |2 | −6 |- | |22,485 |7.06 | +7.06 |2 | +2 |- | |5,995 |1.88 | +0.35 |1 | +1 |- | |4,948 |1.55 | −0.63 |1 | 0 |- | |1,645 |0.52 | +0.10 |0 | 0 |- | |1,431 |0.45 | −0.45 |0 | 0 |- | |1,381 |0.43 | −0.23 |0 | 0 |- | |1,042 |0.33 | +0.33 |0 | 0 |- | |751 |0.24 | −0.29 |0 | 0 |- | style="background-color:#eeeeee;" | |style="text-align:left"|Cape People's Congress |392 |0.12 | +0.12 |0 | 0 |-style="background:#e9e9e9;" !colspan="2" style="text-align:left"|Total !318,702 !colspan="2" style="text-align:center"|100.00 !colspan="3" style="text-align:center"|30 |- |colspan="2" style="text-align:left"|Spoilt votes |5,192 |colspan="5"|

Western Cape

|-style="background:#e9e9e9;" !colspan="2" style="text-align:left"|Party !Votes !% !+/− !Seats ! +/− from last
election ! +/− from before
this election |- | |709,052 |45.25 | +3.18 |19 | +1 | −3 |- | |424,832 |27.11 | +15.20 |12 | +7 | +5 |- | |170,469 |10.88 | −27.51 |5 | −12 | −5 |- | |122,867 |7.84 | +7.84 |3 | +3 | +3 |- | |53,934 |3.44 | +0.65 |2 | +1 | 0 |- | |27,489 |1.75 | −0.64 |1 | 0 | +1 |- | |11,019 |0.70 | +0.10 |0 | 0 | 0 |- | style="background-color:#eeeeee;" | |style="text-align:left"|New Labour Party |10,526 |0.67 | +0.67 |0 | 0 | −1 |- | |9,705 |0.62 | +0.22 |0 | 0 | 0 |- | |6,524 |0.42 | −0.07 |0 | 0 | 0 |- | |3,575 |0.23 | +0.23 |0 | 0 | 0 |- | style="background-color:#eeeeee;" | |style="text-align:left"|Green Party of South Africa |3,317 |0.21 | +0.06 |0 | 0 | 0 |- | style="background-color:#eeeeee;" | |style="text-align:left"|Peace and Justice Congress |3,278 |0.21 | +0.21 |0 | 0 | 0 |- | style="background-color:#eeeeee;" | |style="text-align:left"|National Action |2,248 |0.14 | +0.14 |0 | 0 | 0 |- | |2,222 |0.14 | −0.04 |0 | 0 | 0 |- | style="background-color:#eeeeee;" | |style="text-align:left"|Cape People's Congress |1,960 |0.13 | +0.13 |0 | 0 | 0 |- | |1,455 |0.09 | +0.09 |0 | 0 | 0 |- | style="background-color:#eeeeee;" | |style="text-align:left"|Moderate Independent Party |953 |0.06 | +0.06 |0 | 0 | 0 |- | style="background-color:#eeeeee;" | |style="text-align:left"|Peace and Development Party |789 |0.05 | +0.05 |0 | 0 | 0 |- | style="background-color:#eeeeee;" | |style="text-align:left"|Universal Party |735 |0.05 | +0.05 |0 | 0 | 0 |-style="background:#e9e9e9;" !colspan="2" style="text-align:left"|Total !1,566,949 !colspan="2" style="text-align:center"|100.00 !colspan="3" style="text-align:center"|42 |- |colspan="2" style="text-align:left"|Spoilt votes |15,554 |colspan="5"|

NCOP seats

The National Council of Provinces (NCOP) consists of 90 members, ten elected by each provincial legislature. The Members of NCOP have to be elected in proportion to the party membership of the provincial legislature. |-style="background:#e9e9e9;" !colspan="2" style="text-align:left"|Party !style="text-align:left"|Delegate type !EC !FS !G !KZN !L !M !NW !NC !WC !colspan=2|''Total'' |- | style="width: 4px;background-color:" rowspan=2| | style="text-align: left;" scope="row" rowspan=2 | |style="text-align:left"|Permanent |4 |4 |4 |3 |5 |5 |4 |4 |2 |''35'' |rowspan=2|''65'' |- |style="text-align:left"|Special |4 |4 |3 |2 |4 |4 |4 |3 |2 |''30'' |- | style="width: 4px;background-color:" rowspan=2| | style="text-align: left;" scope="row" rowspan=2 | |style="text-align:left"|Permanent |1 |1 |1 |1 |1 |1 |1 |1 |2 |''10'' |rowspan=2|''12'' |- |style="text-align:left"|Special | | |1 | | | | | |1 |''2'' |- | style="width: 4px;background-color:" rowspan=2| | style="text-align: left;" scope="row" rowspan=2 | |style="text-align:left"|Permanent | | |1 |2 | | | | | |''3'' |rowspan=2|''5'' |- |style="text-align:left"|Special | | | |2 | | | | | |''2'' |- | style="width: 4px;background-color:" rowspan=2| | style="text-align: left;" scope="row" rowspan=2 | |style="text-align:left"|Permanent | | | | | | | | |1 |''1'' |rowspan=2|''2'' |- |style="text-align:left"|Special | | | | | | | |1 | |''1'' |- | |style="text-align:left"|Permanent | | | | | | | |1 |1 |colspan=2|''2'' |- | |style="text-align:left"|Special | | | | | | | | |1 |colspan=2|''1'' |- | |style="text-align:left"|Permanent | |1 | | | | | | | |colspan=2|''1'' |- | |style="text-align:left"|Permanent | | | | | | |1 | | |colspan=2|''1'' |- | |style="text-align:left"|Permanent |1 | | | | | | | | |colspan=2|''1'' |-style="background:#e9e9e9;" !colspan="3" style="text-align:left"|Total !10 !10 !10 !10 !10 !10 !10 !10 !10 !colspan=2|''90''

Notes to the tables



References



External links


Official IEC election resultsSouth African general election, 2004 on electionresources.orgElection results from the South African Broadcasting Corporation
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