BES: Political Parties

Updated February 2022


African National Congress National, Provincial and Local Government Proportional List Ordering Processes

In preparation for the 2019 countrywide national and provincial elections, EISA was one of four institutions appointed to conduct elections for the African National Congress lists processes. EISA was appointed to administer the KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo provincial and national list process. EISA appointed a project coordinator for the duration of the project and set up an operations room at the EISA Johannesburg office for a team to capture data received from branches.

BES was also contracted by the ANC to conduct its proportional representation candidate ordering process in five provinces namely the Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, Mpumalanga, and Limpopo in the run-up to the August 2016 Local Government elections. Despite having to work under extreme pressure BES successfully completed all the elections as required.

African National Congress (ANC) Limpopo Provincial and Regional Elective Congresses

BES was appointed for these elections in 2017, 2018 and 2021. At the provincial elective congress 1200 voting delegates elected the Top five office bearers and 20 Additional members in June 2018. Elections were conducted in the presence of the electoral committee, which consisted of the African National Congress National and Provincial Executive Committee members and observers from the Women's and Youth Leagues and subregions. Observers expressed satisfaction with the nomination verification, audit and election process and the fact that the results reflected gender representation (the 50+1 principle) as determined by the ANC Constitution. The election of five national office bearers and 30 additional members took place at the party's provincial congress from 6 to 9 November 2015 in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal. A total of 1459 delegates participated.

Pan African Congress of Azania (PAC)

The election of seven national office bearers and 18 additional members took place at the party's national congress in July 2015 in the Free State where 500 voting delegates participated.

United Democratic Movement (UDM) National Congress elections

The EISA BES team successfully managed the United Democratic Movement (UDM) National Congress elections for the party's National Office Bearers in December 2015 in Bloemfontein.

116 eligible voters elected 10 National Office Bearers and the election was successfully concluded.

2014: Congress of the People (COPE) National Office Bearers

The BES department conducted leadership elections for the Congress of the People (COPE), a South African political party, at its 2014 national congress. COPE explained its decision to utilise EISA's services thus "In order to ensure that the first national congress of the Congress of the People is totally transparent without any political interference of whatsoever nature, the Electoral Institute for the Sustainability of Democracy in Africa will conduct the entire election process. Not a single member of the party, junior or senior, will get anywhere close to the election process.