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United Christian Democratic Party
Leader Lucas Mangope
Founded 2004
Headquarters Johannesburg
Ideology Christian democracy
Official colours Yellow, Green
National Assembly members 3
Politics of South Africa
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The United Christian Democratic Party is a minor political party in South Africa. It is led by former Bophuthatswana Bantustan leader Lucas Mangope.

Most of the party's support comes from the North West province (where the old Bophuthatswana was located), and it has very little presence elsewhere in the country. The UCDP was the official opposition to the ANC in the North West province in 1999 and 2004, but slipped to 4th in the provincial legislature in 2009.

At the 2009 elections, the party won 66,086 votes (0.37% of the national total), and 2 seats in Parliament, representing a loss of approximately 50% of its support, and 1 seat, from the preceding elections.

In the provincial elections, their support dropped from 8.49% and 3 seats in the 2004 North West provincial election,[1] to 5,27% and 2 seats in 2009. In 2009, in six of the other provinces, they gained less than 0.1% support.

The party's mission statement stresses the need for Christian values, non-racial democracy, and government inducements for personal self-reliance, while the 2004 manifesto attacked the ANC for, among other things, its alleged softness on crime, nepotism, and neglect of South African infrastructure.[2]

A 2003 survey conducted by the Human Sciences Research Council found that 85% of UCDP voters were female.[3]

Election results

Election Votes % Seats
2009 66,086 0.37 2
2004 117,792 0.75 3
1999 125,280 0.80 3


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