Mahikeng - Small parties are becoming more important in the electoral process, an analyst said on Friday.
"We have seen in this election that small parties are becoming more and more important in terms of the electoral process.
"I am expecting up to ten political parties to be represented in parliament and in terms of coalition politics, low support base of the ANC - coalition politics is becoming more and more prominent," said Professor Andre Duvenhage from the North West University in Potchefstroom.
He said the performance of small parties such as the Freedom Front Plus have been good.
"The Freedom Front Plus have triple their support based, the IFP [Inkatha Freedom Party] also performing very well especially in KwaZulu-Natal, the Good Party and new party like the African Transformation Movement but, on the other side we have parties that are performing not so well.