Following the last local elections on 25 May 2014 11 parties are represented on the Council, namely the
- SPD with 31 seats,
- CDU with 28 seats,
- Bündnis 90/Die Grünen with 10 seats,
- DIE LINKE with 5 seats,
- ESSENER BÜRGER BÜNDNIS with 4 seats,
- FDP and AfD with 3 seats each,
- Piraten and Pro NRW with 2 seats each,
- NPD and DIE PARTEI with 1 seat each.
In keeping with its democratic procedures, the Council has accorded generous rights of participation to the small parties.