Politics of the Northern Cape

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The politics of the Northern Cape is dominated by the African National Congress (ANC), but their position has not been as strong as in many other provinces of South Africa.

In the election of 1994, no party achieved an absolute majority in the province, with the ANC having a plurality of 49% of the votes and 15 seats. The National Party had 40% of the votes and 12 seats, the right wing Freedom Front 2 seats and the liberal Democratic Party 1 seat. However, the ANC was in a Government of National Unity with the NP at the national level, and attained the premiership by virtue of its plurality in the Assembly. Manne Dipico of the ANC became the first Premier of the Northern Cape.

With the decline of the National Party, the ANC increased its voter share in later elections and has remained firmly in charge of the province. Dipuo Peters replaced Dipico as Premier in 2004. The official opposition in the Northern Cape after the 2004 elections was the Democratic Alliance (DA), which received 11% of the vote in the provincial ballot. The opposition's hopes of unseating the ANC has not had any success, even with the Congress of the People helping to split the vote in the election of 22 April 2009. Hazel Jenkins became Premier following the election, and COPE became the official opposition.

The ANC enjoys the greatest support in the densely populated and Tswana dominated northern districts, but has faced increased challenges from the DA and COPE in the more thinly populated Afrikaans speaking Karoo areas adjoining the DA dominated Western Cape. In the municipal election 2011, ANC lost a few councils to the opposition in that area but still garnered 63% of the overall provincial vote.

Election results[edit]

e • d Summary of the 22 April 2009 Northern Cape Provincial Legislature election results[1]
Party Votes % +/− Seats +/− from last
election[a]
+/− from before
this election[b]
African National Congress 245,699 60.75 −8.08 19 −2 −6
Congress of the People[c] 67,416 16.67 +16.67 5 +5 +5
Democratic Alliance 50,817 12.57 +1.49 4 +1 +2
Independent Democrats 19,995 4.94 −2.11 2 0 +1
Freedom Front Plus 5,034 1.24 −0.31 0 −1 −1
United Christian Democratic Party 4,889 1.21 +0.88 0 0 0
African Christian Democratic Party 4,041 1.00 −0.88 0 −1 −1
Azanian People's Organisation 2,439 0.60 +0.09 0 0 0
African People's Convention[d] 1,364 0.34 +0.34 0 0 0
Pan Africanist Congress 882 0.22 −0.22 0 0 0
Inkatha Freedom Party 757 0.19 −0.05 0 0 0
United Democratic Movement 604 0.15 −0.30 0 0 0
Christian Democratic Alliance[c] 481 0.12 +0.12 0 0 0
Total 404,418 100.00 30
Spoilt votes 6,190

Notes:

  1. ^ Change in seats compared to the composition of the legislature after the election of 14 April 2004.
  2. ^ Change in seats compared to the composition of the legislature after the second floor-crossing period that ended on 15 September 2007.
  3. ^ a b Party did not contest the previous election to this legislature.
  4. ^ Party did not contest the previous election to this legislature, having been created during the floor-crossing period of 2007.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "April 22, 2009 General Election Results - Northern Cape". Election Resources on the Internet. Retrieved 24 December 2010. 

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