The South African election results are being awaited following the long-awaited general election; could this be the dawn of a new government with opportunities for change or could this simply be the make believe exercise which is hoped to be nothing but an achieved expectation and record in the history of South Africa? While African National Congress (ANC) Party has been in power since the first democratic elections were held in South Africa with the incumbent president being a product of the party, would this 2014 elections produce an unexpected result? Only time would tell.
Before today, there has been a poor response most South African citizens who were born after the apartheid (after 1994) as they seemed to indicate a surprisingly low-interest in exercising their civil rights but whether this would negatively affect the turnout of this election is unlikely. Drawing from the past; 1994 was the year that ANC took over the mantle of leadership as a political party in South Africa as it has consistently won majority of the seats in provincial and general elections. Since 1994, African National Party has been the people’s party however, in recent times, we have seen some of ANC’s backbone turn their back on the party. The likes of Ronnie Kasrils, former Minister of Intelligence is a good example. He recently stated that he will not vote for the African National Party and in his words: “I will not vote for the ANC. I will definitely not vote for an ethnic party. I would not vote for a party that is a God party, such as the African Christian Democratic Party. I would not vote for a party that is for business.”
Follow the latest updates on South African Elections 2014 below:
- Voting started of quite smoothly with an air of excitement (more police force were however deployed to areas with history of violence and political tension) and long queues as people turned out in their numbers most especially the first time voters. The “born free” (those born in 1994 after apartheid had ended) are exercising their first civil right by casting their very first votes however, it was a bit disappointing since only a third these “born free” registered to vote.
- More than 22,000 polling stations were set up for the elections an is expected to cater for over 25 million registered voters across South Africa.
- The African National Congress (ANC) is expected to win the 2014 South African election by more than 60% margin, although opinion polls show there is disaffection with the country’s leadership.
- Investigations by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) in the Western Cape have found no wrongdoing by officials following complaints of alleged irregularities.
- South African Election polls closed at 9 p.m. and the first set of results are being expected around midnight with final results to be declared by South Africa’s electoral commission no earlier than Saturday. This is to allow some time to address any objections to the process that may be raised.
- [7:30 am, 8th May, 2014] Almost nine hours after the voting stations closed in the fifth democratic election in South Africa, over 20% of all votes had been counted and these are the preliminary results:
- African National Congress had 1 592 714 votes, the Democratic Alliance 850 186, the Economic Freedom Fighters 110 790 and the United Democratic Movement had 27 337 votes.
- The Freedom Front Plus had 35 251, the Congress of the People 22 355, the Inkatha Freedom Party 55 510, Agang SA 6 376 and the National Freedom Party had 38 150 votes.
- The Workers Socialist Party had 1 343 votes, the African Christian Democratic Party 19 175, the African Independent Congress 15 637 and the African Peoples Convention had 4 898 votes.
- Al Jama-Ah had 6 066 votes, Azanian Peoples Organisation 2 810, Bushbuckridge Residents Association 1 556, First Nation Liberation Alliance 652, and Front National 920.
- The Independent Civic Organisation of SA had 5 638 votes, Keep It Straight and Simple 594, Kingdom Governance Movement 1 060, Minority Front 1 498 and Pan Africanist Congress of Azania 4 745 votes.
- The Pan Africanist Movement had 619 votes, Patriotic Alliance 4 633, Peoples Alliance 327, the Ubuntu Party 1 397, United Christian Democratic Party 2 334 and United Congress 512.
- The African National Congress (ANC) has been officially declared the winner of South Africa’s 2014 general election, after securing 62.15% of the national vote in last Wednesday’s poll.
Announcing the results in Pretoria on Saturday evening, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) said the ANC had received 11 436 921 votes, which translates into 249 seats in the country’s National Assembly.
The party remains in control in eight of the country’s provinces, with the exception of the Western Cape, which stays under the Democratic Alliance (DA), which secured 59.38% of the provincial vote.
The DA increased its support nationally to 22.23% (4 091 584 votes), giving it 89 seats in the National Assembly.