By Nozipho Sibiya | 2017-11-14
OVER 625 600 Swazis are eligible to vote in the 2018 elections.
The exact figure of people eligible to vote according to the 2017 population and housing census preliminary results is 625 629. Swaziland has a total of 1.1 million people and the figures reflect an increase of 74 789 in population since the last population census 10 years ago. In 2007 the country’s population stood at 1 018 449 while in 2017, 1 093 238 was recorded. The percentage of 18 and above population adds up to 57.2 per cent. Manzini is the region with the highest voter population with 214 409 people, followed by Hhohho with 187 210 while Lubombo has 115 412 locals that can vote next year.
The Shiselweni region has the least number of people. It has 108 598 people that are aged 18 and above. Meanwhile, the percentage of population of people aged 65+ plus has shown marginal increase from 3.7 per cent in 2007 to 4.5 per cent in 2017. Although it is not a very significant variation, it does indicate availability of good socio-economic conditions leading to longer life.
Kwaluseni tops with 42 000 voters
The Kwaluseni Inkhundla under the Manzini region has the highest people over the age of 18 who are eligible to vote in the upcoming elections next year.
The higher percentage of 18 and above population has been recorded in Tinkhundla located in urban, commercial and industrial areas such as Matsapha, Mhlume, Mbabane and Manzini.
Kwaluseni Inkhundla, which emerged as the constituency with a large population, consists of areas such as Mbhuleni, Logoba, Mathangeni, Mhlaleni, Sigodweni, Mbikwakhe, etc.
Kwaluseni Inkhundla has recorded 42 340 people above the age of 18. Kwaluseni is followed by Mhlume with a recording of 11 460 people standing at a percentage of 69.4 while Mbabane East came third with a figure of 24 493 people (68.0 per cent). Manzini South has 17 602 (67.3 per cent), Manzini North 22734 (66.1 per cent). The lowest percentage of 18 and above was observed at Sigwe Inkhundla with 4 601 people at a percentage of 46.8 per cent.
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