After a longer-than-expected process of counting and auditing, the South African National and Provincial Elections have been concluded.
Mr. Sy Mamabolo, the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of the Electoral Commission (IEC) said it has been 25 years after citizens of the country had their first elections.
“Once again South Africans came together in their millions to once again vote and show the world that they can still unite under a common destiny. This round of elections was the most complex and logistically taxing in history, none the less it is our incontrovertible belief we came through stronger as an organisation and as a country. There is always room for improvement and evolution. It is the first time in history where the process has been under such concentrated scrutiny by the media and ordinary citizens through social media platforms. This aspect added a new layer of oversight to the process.”
Chairperson of the IEC, Glen Mashinini, officially announced the final results of the National and Provincial Elections by going down the list of provinces in the country before officially declaring the ANC as the clear winner of the National and Provincial Election 2019.
The ANC has been in power since Nelson Mandela’s victory in the first multi-racial election after the end of apartheid in 1994.
This year’s registered voter turnout was about 65 percent in the twin national and provincial elections. In 2014 voter turn-out was 73 percent.
ANC’s main opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) trailed second with 20.76 perecent of the votes.
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), founded six years ago by former ANC youth leader Julius Malema, was in third place with 10.79 percent, a significant jump from 6.35 percent in the previous parliamentary election.
Across the provinces of South Africa, the ANC managed to secure an outright majority in almost all the regions, with the only exception being the Western Cape, where the DA maintained its majority.
The party almost lost its majority in Gauteng, briefly dropping below 50% during the count, before ending on 50.19%.
The graphs below outline the provincial results, showing the leading party and its closest competitors.
The ANC secured a two-thirds majority in Limpopo, Mpumalanga and the Eastern Cape, and got over 50% of the vote in the Free State, Northern Cape and KwaZulu Natal.
The EFF took over as the official opposition in three provinces, namely Limpopo, Mpumalanga and the North West. The IFP is the official opposition in KwaZulu Natal, and the DA is the official opposition in the rest of the provinces which excludes the Western Cape, where it won outright and the ANC is the official opposition.