Ruling ANC set to win big in S. Africa elections

Friday, May 09, 2014

South Africa's ruling African National Congress has won most votes in the country's parliamentary elections, partial results showed on Friday

South Africa's ruling African National Congress has won most votes in the country's parliamentary elections, partial results showed on Friday

CAIRO – South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) has won most votes in the country's parliamentary elections, partial results showed on Friday.

With 94.61 percent of the votes counted, the ANC garnered 62.5 percent of the votes against only 21.9 percent for the opposition Democratic Alliance (DA), according to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC).

The ANC picked up 10,333,002 votes, the DA 3,629,890 votes followed by the Economic Freedom Party with 1,002,355 votes, the IEC said, according to local media.

The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) took 2.45 percent of the ballot with 405,802 votes followed by their breakaway party the National Freedom Party with 269,712 (1.63 percent) votes.

The IEC put voter turnout at just over 72 percent.

Since vote counting began late Wednesday night, the ANC has maintained a sizable lead.

The ANC had taken 65.9 percent of the votes in the 2009 parliamentary election.

More than 25 million South Africans were eligible to vote in Wednesday's poll to elect 400 National Assembly members and the members of nine provincial parliaments.

It was South Africa's fifth democratic election since the end of apartheid in 1994, when the nation's blacks were first allowed to vote.

The poll comes nearly five months after the death of Nelson Mandela, anti-apartheid hero and the country's first black president.

The new parliament will elect a new president.

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