South Africa’s ruling party leads in general elections as counting continues


JOHANNESBURG, May 9  — The preliminary results released by the Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) on Thursday showed that the current ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), is in the lead in the general elections as the counting continues.

The IEC said that with 24.58 percent of votes counted, the ANC is leading with 54.81 percent of the votes. The opposition Democratic Alliance is next with 26.30 percent, and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) are third with 8.17 percent.

Freedom Front Plus ranks fourth with 3.25 percent while other small parties are below 1 percent.
The IEC said in a statement that “despite isolated incidents where voting operations were adversely affected by inclement weather, community unrest, power outages and some logistical challenges,” the voting progressed smoothly in most areas.

The ANC thanked South Africans for braving the chilly weather to go and cast their votes. Acting ANC spokesperson Dakota Legote said they are happy with the manner in which the elections were held.
“We congratulate the IEC for conducting the elections in a manner that upholds the integrity of the elections. Despite the challenges we are encouraged that any outstanding matters will be resolved by the party liaison committees and the IEC,” Legote said.
The IEC noted that the electoral process allows for objections to be raised by political parties throughout the process. These include instances where they believe a voter was ineligible to vote or has voted more than once. – XINHUA