Sept. 21, 2018 Held


Kingdom of Eswatini

Election for Swazi House of Assembly


Voter Participation

Cast Votes:330,785
Valid Votes:None
Invalid Votes:None

Vote Share by Party:

Party Seats Won Seats Change Votes

Independents (Independents) 59 - 156,973

Election Results Modified: May 09, 2019

General Information

Note on the results: 

  • Vote figures are from the primary election. When figures from the second round become available, the current number will be updated.

At stake in this election:

  • 59 seats in the House of Assembly

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: King MSWATI III
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister Barnabas Sibusiso DLAMINI
  • Assembly: Eswatini has a bicameral Parliament (Libandla) consisting of the Senate with 30 seats and the House of Assembly with 69 seats.

Description of electoral system:

  • The King is hereditary head of state.
  • Prime Minister is appointed by the monarch.
  • In the Senate, 20 members are appointed by the monarch to serve 5-year terms and 10 members are elected by the Legislative Assembly to serve 5-year terms. In the House of Assembly, 10 members are appointed by the monarch to serve 4-year terms, 1 member is elected by the house as Speaker of the House, and 59 members are elected by plurality vote in single-member constituencies to serve 5-year terms.**

** Elections to the House of Assembly are contested over 2 rounds. In the first round, all candidates nominated in the district contest the election; however, due to the election law of Eswatini, candidates are prohibited from campaigning for this election. The primary election was held on August 25, 2018.

Main parties in the electoral race:

  • Independent(s): Non-partisans*
    Leader: N/A
    Seats won in last House of Assembly election: 55

* Political parties are illegal in Eswatini. All candidates contest the election as non-partisans.

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 1,391,385 (2018 est.)
  • Registered Voters: 526,073 (June 2018)

Gender Data:

  • Female Population: 717,751 (2018 est.)
  • Is Eswatinia signatory to CEDAW: No
  • Has Eswatini ratified CEDAW: Yes (since 26 March 2004)
  • Gender Quota: Yes
  • Female candidates in this election: Yes
  • Number of Female Parliamentarians: 21*
  • Human Development Index Position: 148 (2016)
  • Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: Medium (2014)

*Breakdown of female representatives:

  Number of female parliamentarians
General Election (elected by voters) 2
Women Elected by House according to constitutional quota 4
Members of Parliament appointed to House by King 3
Senators appointed to Senate by House 5
Senators appointed to Senate by King 7

Disability Data:

  • Is Eswatini a signatory to CRPD: Yes (25 September 2007) 
  • Has Eswatini ratified CRPD: Yes (24 September 2012)
  • Population with a disability: 215,342
Election Modified: Jun 21, 2024

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