The Ngwathe Local Municipality has 39 seats. The voters roll of the municipality comprised of 64,316 registered voters in the 2011 local government elections. The highest voter turn-out was achieved in Ward 14 with 66.10 %. The lowest voter turn-out in the municipality was in Ward 5 with 47.81 %. The average voter turn-out achieved in the 2011 municipal elections was 58.49 %.
Following the 2011 municipal elections, four political parties are represented in the municipality. The African National Congress was returned as the majority party with 28 seats. The Democratic Alliance holds 9 seats and the Freedom Front Plus and Congress of the People obtained one seat each.