South Africa: Voters Spoiled for Choice

IEC voting station (file photo).

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) says voters will be faced with their biggest choice yet in a national election after a record number of 48 political parties met the legal requirements to contest this year's elections.

According to the IEC, this is 19 more parties than those that contested the 2014 national elections.

The parties set to contest the national elections (in alphabetical order) are:

African Christian Democratic Party

African Congress Of Democrats

African Content Movement

African Covenant

African Democratic Change

African Independent Congress

African National Congress

African People's Convention

African Renaissance Unity

African Security Congress

African Transformation Movement

Afrikan Alliance of Social Democrats

Agang South Africa

Al Jama-Ah

Alliance for Transformation for All

Azanian People's Organisation

Better Residents Association

Black First Land First

Capitalist Party of South Africa

Christian Political Movement

Compatriots of South Africa

Congress of The People

Democratic Alliance

Democratic Liberal Congress

Economic Emancipation Forum

Economic Freedom Fighters

Forum 4 Service Delivery

Free Democrats

Front Nasionaal/Front National

GOOD

Independent Civic Organisation of South Africa

Inkatha Freedom Party

International Revelation Congress

Land Party

Minority Front

National Freedom Party

National Peoples Ambassadors

National People's Front

Pan Africanist Congress 0f Azania

Patriotic Alliance

People's Revolutionary Movement

Power of Africans Unity

Socialist Revolutionary Workers Party

South African Maintenance and Estate Beneficiaries Association

South African National Congress of Traditional Authorities

United Democratic Movement

Vryheidsfront Plus

Women Forward

A new record number of parties are set to contest all provincial elections, with the largest number of parties contesting Gauteng (36) and the smallest number contesting the Northern Cape (21).

The following parties will contest the provincial elections:

Parties contesting Eastern Cape Legislature:

African Change Academy

African Christian Democratic Party

African Content Movement

African Covenant

African Independent Congress

African National Congress

African People's Convention

African Transformation Movement

Al Jama-Ah

Alliance for Transformation for All

Azanian People's Organisation

Christian Political Movement

Congress of The People

Democratic Alliance

Economic Freedom Fighters

Forum 4 Service Delivery

GOOD

Inkatha Freedom Party

International Revelation Congress

National Freedom Party

Pan Africanist Congress of Azania

People's Revolutionary Movement

Plaaslike Besorgde Inwoners

Socialist Revolutionary Workers Party

United Democratic Movement

Vryheidsfront Plus

Parties contesting Free State Legislature:

African Christian Democratic Party

African Congress of Democrats

African Content Movement

African Covenant

African Democratic Change

African Independent Congress

African National Congress

African People's Convention

African Transformation Movement

Afrikan Alliance of Social Democrats

Agang South Africa

Alliance for Transformation for All

Azanian People's Organisation

Congress of The People

Democratic Alliance

Economic Freedom Fighters

GOOD

Inkatha Freedom Party

National Freedom Party

Pan Africanist Congress of Azania

Patriotic Alliance

Power of Africans Unity

Socialist Revolutionary Workers Party

South African Concerned Residents Organisation 4 Service Delivery

South African National Congress of Traditional Authorities

United Democratic Movement

Vryheidsfront Plus

Women Forward

Parties contesting Gauteng Legislature:

African Christian Democratic Party

African Content Movement

African Covenant

African Democratic Change

African Independent Congress

African National Congress

African People's Convention

African Renaissance Unity

African Transformation Movement

Agang South Africa

Al Jama-Ah

Alliance for Transformation for All

Azanian People's Organisation

Better Residents Association

Black First Land First

Congress of The People

Democratic Alliance

Economic Emancipation Forum

Economic Freedom Fighters

Gazankulu Liberation Congress

GOOD

Independent Civic Organisation of South Africa

Inkatha Freedom Party

International Revelation Congress

Land Party

National Freedom Party

National People's Front

Pan Africanist Congress of Azania

Patriotic Alliance

Power of Africans Unity

Socialist Revolutionary Workers Party

South African National Congress of Traditional Authorities

United Democratic Movement

Vryheidsfront Plus

Women Forward

Zenzeleni Progressive Movement

Parties contesting KwaZulu-Natal Legislature:

African Christian Democratic Party

African Content Movement

African Covenant

African Independent Congress

African Mantungwa Community

African National Congress

African People's Convention

African Renaissance Unity

African Transformation Movement

Al Jama-Ah

Alliance for Transformation for All

Azanian People's Organisation

Black First Land First

Congress of The People

Democratic Alliance

Democratic Liberal Congress

Economic Freedom Fighters

GOOD

Inkatha Freedom Party

Justice and Employment Party

Minority Front

National Freedom Party

National Peoples Ambassadors

National People's Front

National Religious Freedom Party

Pan Africanist Congress of Azania

People's Revolutionary Movement

Socialist Revolutionary Workers Party

United Democratic Movement

Vryheidsfront Plus

Women Forward

Parties contesting Limpopo Legislature:

African Christian Democratic Party

African Content Movement

African Covenant

African Independent Congress

African National Congress

African People's Convention

African People's Socialist Party

African Renaissance Unity

African Transformation Movement

Agang South Africa

Azanian People's Organisation

Better Residents Association

Bolsheviks Party of South Africa

Civic Warriors of Maruleng

Congress of The People

Democratic Alliance

Economic Freedom Fighters

Gaza Movement for Change

Gazankulu Liberation Congress

GOOD

Inkatha Freedom Party

International Revelation Congress

Land Party

Magoshi Swaranang Movement

National Freedom Party

Pan Africanist Congress of Azania

Power of Africans Unity

Socialist Revolutionary Workers Party

South African Maintanance And Estate Beneficiaries Association

South African National Congress Of Traditional Authorities

United Democratic Movement

Vryheidsfront Plus

Women Forward

Ximoko Party

Parties contesting Mpumalanga Legislature:

African Christian Democratic Party

African Content Movement

African Covenant

African Independent Congress

African National Congress

African People's Convention

African Transformation Movement

Agang South Africa

Alliance for Transformation for All

Azanian People's Organisation

Better Residents Association

Black First Land First

Congress of The People

Democratic Alliance

Economic Freedom Fighters

Forum 4 Service Delivery

GOOD

Inkatha Freedom Party

International Revelation Congress

National Freedom Party

Pan Africanist Congress of Azania

Residence Association of South Africa

Sindawonye Progressive Party

Socialist Revolutionary Workers Party

South African National Congress of Traditional Authorities

United Democratic Movement

Vryheidsfront Plus

Zenzeleni Progressive Movement

Parties contesting Northern Cape Legislature:

Aboriginal Khoisan

African Christian Democratic Party

African Content Movement

African Covenant

African Independent Congress

African National Congress

African People's Convention

African Transformation Movement

Afrikan Alliance of Social Democrats

Azanian People's Organisation

Congress of The People

Democratic Alliance

Economic Freedom Fighters

GOOD

International Revelation Congress

Khoisan Revolution

National Freedom Party

Pan Africanist Congress of Azania

Socialist Revolutionary Workers Party

United Democratic Movement

Vryheidsfront Plus

Parties contesting the North West legislature:

African Christian Democratic Party

African Content Movement

African Covenant

African Independent Congress

African National Congress

African People's Convention

African Transformation Movement

Agang South Africa

Alliance for Transformation for All

Azanian People's Organisation

Black First Land First

Congress of The People

Democratic Alliance

Economic Freedom Fighters

Forum 4 Service Delivery

GOOD

Inkatha Freedom Party

International Revelation Congress

National Freedom Party

Pan Africanist Congress of Azania

Patriotic Alliance

Reikemetse Dikgabo Party

Socialist Revolutionary Workers Party

South African Political Party

United Christian Democratic Party

United Democratic Movement

Uniting People First

Vryheidsfront Plus

Women Forward

Parties contesting the Western Cape Legislature:

African Christian Democratic Party

African Content Movement

African Covenant

African Independent Congress

African National Congress

African People's Convention

African Progressive Movement

African Transformation Movement

Al Jama-Ah

All Things Are Possible

Alliance for Transformation For All

Azanian People's Organisation

Cape Party/ Kaapse Party

Congress of The People

Democratic Alliance

Dienslewerings Party

Economic Freedom Fighters

Forum 4 Service Delivery

Free Democrats

GOOD

Independent Civic Organisation Of South Africa

Inkatha Freedom Party

Karoo Democratic Force

Khoisan Revolution

Land Party

National Freedom Party

New South Africa Party

Pan Africanist Congress of Azania

People's Republic of South Africa

Plaaslike Besorgde Inwoners

Socialist Revolutionary Workers Party

The Green Party of South Africa

United Democratic Movement

Vryheidsfront Plus

Order of parties on ballot paper

The final order of parties on the ballot papers was determined by random draw during the national Code of Conduct signing ceremony, which took place on Wednesday in Johannesburg.

The Electoral Commission has informed parties of any non-compliance in respect of candidate lists, which must be rectified by 25 March.

The election timetable also provides an opportunity for the IEC to notify parties of any candidates appearing on lists of other parties by 26 March.

The affected parties have until 28 March to submit substitutes for these candidates.

The final list of candidates will be published on 29 March. At that time, more detailed statistics on candidates by province, age and gender will be made available.

The elections will be on 8 May.

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