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IEC Unveils Provincial Legislature Seat Allocation for 2024 Elections

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The Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) has finalized its determination of the seats allocated to each provincial legislature for the upcoming 2024 National and Provincial Elections. The allocations, which were announced on Friday, are based on the most recent census data to ensure a fair representation of the South African population.

The commission’s determination follows the guidelines set out in Section 105(2) of the Constitution Act 108 of 1996, as well as the provisions outlined in item 3(1) of Schedule 3 to the Electoral Act No.73 of 1998.

“The provincial legislatures’ seats determination takes into account scientifically-based data on the population in each province, as well as representation by interested parties,” shared a spokesperson from the Electoral Commission. The careful consideration behind the seat allocations aims to reflect the demographic distribution and ensure equitable representation across the diverse regions of South Africa.

According to the Commission’s announcement, the total number of seats up for grabs in the provincial legislatures amounts to 445. However, the seats for the Western Cape are yet to be finalized, pending a review under the provincial constitution.

The breakdown of the 2024 seat determination based on the 2022 Census data is as follows: Gauteng leads with 80 seats for its 15.1 million population, Kwa-Zulu Natal matches this seat count for its 12.4 million residents, while Limpopo and Eastern Cape are allocated 64 and 72 seats for their 6.4 million and 7.2 million populations, respectively. Mpumalanga will have 51 seats, North-West 38 seats, the Free State 30 seats, and the Northern Cape also 30 seats for its 1.4 million residents.

Amidst the preparations for a hotly contested electoral season, citizens are eagerly awaiting an announcement from President Cyril Ramaphosa regarding the official date for the 2024 national elections.

Election officials seal ballot boxes at the end of voting in South Africa’s parliamentary and provincial elections at a polling station in Johannesburg, South Africa, May 8,2019. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo


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