Swazi House of Assembly election 2018 Results Voting Live Dates Opinion Exit Poll
Swazi House of Assembly election Dates 2018
Swazi House of Assembly election Date: 30 September 2018
The Parliament of Swaziland (or Libandla) is bicameral, consisting of a lower chamber (the House of Assembly) and an upper one (the Senate). Some of the members of both chambers are elected, while the rest are appointed by the King of Swaziland. Election is by secret ballot in a first-past-the-post system of voting. Members of both chambers serve for five-year terms. All candidates run on a non-partisan basis, as political parties are banned.
Swazi House of Assembly election Voting Live 2018
1.The Assembly has 66 members, of which 55 are elected from single-member constituencies corresponding to the tinkhundlas (tribal communities). 14 tinkhundlas are located in Hhohho District, 11 in Lubombo District, 16 in Manzini District, and 14 in Shiselweni District. Candidates are first nominated at the tinkhundla level.
2.The top three finishers then proceed to a general election, where the candidate who receives the most votes is elected. The King appoints the other ten members, at least half of whom must be women.The 66th member is the Speaker of the House, who is elected from outside the House.
Electoral system of Swazi
House of Assembly Elections: Tinkhundla system; Swaziland is divided into constituencies (tinkhundla) which are subdivided into chiefdoms. Direct universal adult franchise first-past-post constituency elections. The voters of each of several chiefdoms in an inkhundla nominate candidates to stand for election. These then compete with other candidates nominated in this way to represent the inkhundla in the House of Assembly.
Candidates for Swazi House of Assembly election
Swazi Parties and leaders
- Party legislation
- Current political parties
- Defunct political parties
Swazi Past election results
Elections were held in Swaziland on 20 September 2013.
The primary elections began on 24 August, 2013 with one candidate elected from each chiefdom. Those elected then go on to represent the chiefdom in the general election, where one candidate from each Inkhundla (constituency) is then elected to the House of Assembly.
Some political analysts have voiced concerns that women are being prevented from participating in the primary elections. In one case, a nominated candidate was disqualified because she was wearing trousers. The High Court later ordered the Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) to add her name back to the ballot. However, some residents from her chiefdom threatened to boycott the elections, complaining that she had not been properly nominated