The South African general elections: 2014


South Africa’s first registration weekend for the 2014 National and Provincial elections was on the 9 and 10 November 2013. As at 25 November 2013, the number of registered voters was 24 112 414, and the number of new voters added to the voters roll was over one million. The second and final weekend for voters to register, and for registered voters to change their voting station ahead of the 2014 National and Provincial elections was the 8 and 9 February 2014. As at 1 April 2014, registration statistics showed that the total number of registered women voters was 13 924 929 and the total number of registered male voters was 11 439 740. In total, 25 364 669 South Africans were registered to vote for 2014 general elections. More than 26 400 South Africans living overseas had successfully applied to cast their votes abroad. London had the highest number of expatriate voters at 9 863, followed by Dubai with 1 539 registered voters. 

The deadline for political parties to pay their deposit of R600, 000 and submit their final Parliamentary candidates’ lists was 12 March 2014. The African National Congress(ANC) submitted 200 candidates for the National Assembly election, the Democratic Alliance (DA) submitted 200 candidates for the National Assembly election, Congress of the People (COPE) submitted 198 candidates for National Assembly election, and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) submitted 200 candidates for the National Assembly election. Agang SA submitted 106 candidates for the National Assembly election.

On 7 February 2014, after consulting the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), President Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma announced that the 2014 fifth national elections in the Republic of South Africa will take place on 7 May 2014 from 7am to 9am. South Africans living abroad will cast their votes on 29 April 2014 from 7am to 9am. From 28 March to 1 April 2014, the list of candidates for the 7 May general election was made available for public inspection. The comprehensive list, included all supporting documentation, was made available for inspection at the IEC head office in Centurion, Pretoria. The 2014 general election was contested by 29 political parties. The number of political parties remained the highest number to contest a democratic national election in South African history.

On 3 April 2014, the IEC issued a statement stating that applications for special votes for the 2014 national and provincial elections would be open from Monday 7 April 2014 until Thursday 17 April 2014 between 9am and 5pm at local IEC offices country wide. Special votes were cast on Monday 5 May and Tuesday 6 May 2014. There were two categories of special votes: firstly, home visits: election officials visited voters who had successfully applied for a home visit due to physical infirmity, disability or pregnancy. These home visits were conducted on Monday 5 May 2014 and on Tuesday 6 May 2014. Secondly, special voting at registered voting station: any voters who were absent from the voting district where they were registered on Election Day (7 May) applied to cast their vote early. This voting took place at the voting stations where the voter was registered on Monday 5 May and Tuesday 6 May 2014 between 9am and 5pm.  On 7 May 2014, millions of South Africans cast their votes across the country.


Table of Political parties contested 2014 elections

African National Congress


Democratic Alliance

Congress of the People

Inkatha Freedom Party

Freedom Front Plus

United Democratic Movement

African Christian Democratic Party

United Christian Democratic Party

Pan Africanist Congress

Minority Front

United Congress

Azanian People’s Organisation

African People’s Convention

Agang South Africa

Economic Freedom Fighters

First National Liberation Alliance

Front Nasionaal

AL Jama-ah

Ubuntu Party

Workers and Socialist Party

Bushbuckrige Residence Association

Keep It Straight and Simple

African Independent Congress

Independent Civil Organisation of South Africa

Kingdom Governance Movement

National Freedom Party

Pan Africanist Movement

Patriotic Alliance

People Alliance




2014 registration statistics: South Africa  

Number of Registered Males                                                              11 439 740

Number of Registered Female                                                            13 924 929


Number of Registered expatriates                                                      26 400 

• 2014 election date announced. (Online), available at {Accessed on 9 February 2014}.  
• Nine political parties’ manifestos under 15 minutes. (Online), available at {Accessed on 4 April 2014}.
• Applications for special votes opened on 7 April 2014. (Online), available at {Accessed on 8 April 2014}.
• Final voter registration weekend in February. (Online), available at
•{accessed 17 April 2014}.
• Election 2014: South Africa reports.  (Online), Available at {Accessed on 18 April 2014}.  

Last updated : 16-May-2014

This article was produced for South African History Online on 08-May-2014