KwaZulu-Natal elections 2024

The DA in KwaZulu-Natal says its premier candidate Chris Pappas is the right man for the job to win voters in the province. Image: SABC News

Elections 2024: How pivotal is KwaZulu-Natal to overall result?

Despite the province not being the biggest in terms of registered voters, all eyes will be on KwaZulu-Natal in next week’s election.

KwaZulu-Natal elections 2024

The DA in KwaZulu-Natal says its premier candidate Chris Pappas is the right man for the job to win voters in the province. Image: SABC News

All eyes will be on KwaZulu-Natal in next week’s South African general elections.

This despite the province not even being the biggest in the country in terms of registered voters with 5 738 272 out of the record 27 723 820 overall number (20.7%).

Five major parties vying for votes

The battle for supremacy in the province is expected to be fierce with no fewer than five major parties fighting for seats – realistically more than any of Mzansi’s other eight provinces.

The ANC picked up 54.22% of the votes in the most recent elections in 2019.

However, that was considerably down on its 64.52% in 2014 and 62.95% from 2009.

Throw in the fact that this year’s elections will see the Jacob Zuma-led MK party contest for the first time, as well as the always confident Economic Freedom Fighter (EFF) and a resurgent Democratic Alliance (DA) under Chris Pappas in the province.

The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) also cannot be discounted.

In recent polls are to be believed, the MK party can expect somewhere around 8.4% of the total vote, the vast majority of which is expected to come in KwaZulu-Natal from Zulu-speaking followers of Zuma.

While the overall number of registered voters has climbed by just over one million from 2019, the number in KwaZulu-Natal has risen by 213 606.

HOW KWAZULU-NATAL VOTED IN 2019

Registered voters5 524 666
Votes cast3 654 701
Total valid votes3 598 281
Spoilt votes56 420
Voter turnout66.15%
PartyVotes%Seats
ANC1 951 02754.2244
IFP588 04616.3413
DA500 05113.9011
EFF349 3619.718
NFP56 5871.571
MF18 8640.521
ATM17 7290.491
ACDP17 2140.481
Only those parties with one seat or more included

HOW DO YOU FORESEE THE KWAZULU-NATAL VOTE GOING?

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