South African general election, 1994

South African general election, 1994

The South African general election of 1994 was the first free election held in South Africa after the end of apartheid, therefore also the first held on a non-racial basis and with universal suffrage. The election was conducted under the direction of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC).

Millions queued in lines over a three day voting period. Altogether 19,726,579 votes were counted and 193,081 were rejected as invalid. The African National Congress, whose slate incorporated the labour confederation COSATU and the South African Communist Party, fell slightly short of a two-thirds majority. ANC leaders opted to form a tripartite Government of National Unity with the National Party and the Inkatha Freedom Party.

The date 27 April is now a public holiday in South Africa, Freedom Day.

National Assembly results

Provincial Legislatures results

External links

*U.S. Department of the Army, "South Africa Country Study", " [ The 1994 Elections] "
* [ IEC results for 1994 election]
* [ Proportional representation and alternative systems]

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