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Ruling A.N.C. wins South African national
2019 polls: confirm Electoral Commission

by Zodidi Mhlana JOHANNESBURG South Africa (Xinhua) -- South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) has won the national election by winning 57.51 percent of the votes, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) announced on Saturday evening.

The official results showed that opposition party Democratic Alliance (DA) came second with 20.76 percent while the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) won 10.79 percent.

IEC Chairperson Glen Mashinini said that despite the record number of political parties that contested in the elections, only 14 parties would make into parliament.

The ANC would return to the National Assembly with 230 seats, DA with 84 and EFF with 44 seats.

The IEC said 97 percent of sample voters found the elections free and fair while 97 percent found the voting process easy.

The IEC’s Chief Electoral Officer Sy Mamabolo said that South Africa’s sixth democratic election were the most complex, highly contested one.

"We’ve come through these elections as a stronger institution, a stronger country," he said.

President Cyril Ramaphosa commended the over 17 million voters who cast their ballots during elections, saying their votes were for an equal society, free of socio-economic problems.

"They have voted for a country at peace with itself and the world.


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JOHANNESBURG South Africa (Xinhua) -- South African President Cyril Ramaphosa [right] greets voters at a polling station in Johannesburg. South Africans flocked to about 23,000 voting stations across the nation on Wednesday to cast ballots that will determine which party is to rule the country in the next five years. XINHUA PHOTO - CHEN CHENG
"They have voted for a more equal society, free from poverty, hunger and want," he said.

While there was a drop in the number of young people voting in these elections, he commended first time voters and their enthusiasm showing on social media.

"We applaud young people especially first time voters who participated and took responsibility for their future and our country," the president said.

Ramaphosa also commended the role of the IEC officials, and local and international observers in the elections, adding that the election confirmed that "freedom does reign" in the country.


South Africa electoral commission rebuffs legal threat against elections results

CAPE TOWN South Africa (Xinhua) -- South Africa’s Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) on Saturday voiced "vigorous" opposition to any legal actions against the general elections results.

In response to the demand for an independent audit of the elections results and for an election rerun, the commission said such demand is "unreasonable and unlawful."

A coalition of 35 small parties said on Friday they were unhappy with the running of the elections which they said were marred by "double voting."

They threatened to go to court and demanded an election rerun.

"Aggrieved parties had ample recourse to raise objections through the normal objection process and, if still unsatisfied, to appeal decisions of the commission," the IEC said in a statement.

The law makes no provision for preemptive legal action to interdict the commission from abiding by its constitutional and legal mandate, said the IEC.

The commission received 47 objections, of which five were upheld and five were withdrawn by the objecting parties.

Most of the objections did not meet the requirements of the Constitution and lacked evidence of any irregularities, the IEC said.

The commission is satisfied with the integrity of its systems, commission spokesperson Kate Bapela said.

Additionally, the commission has further instituted an independent technical assurance process involving a random sample of 1,020 voting districts to be conducted by the statistician-general and is awaiting the findings of this process, Bapela said.

On Wednesday, South Africans went to the polls to elect their representatives for the National and Provincial Legislative Assemblies.

The ruling party African National Congress (ANC) emerged as the winner, capturing 57.51 percent of the vote.

Nevertheless, it is the first time that the ANC support has been reduced to below 60 percent since 1994 when it first came to power.

The IEC described the elections as the "most complex, highly contested and logistically demanding" since the dawn of democracy in 1994.

South African voters urge ruling party to fix economy, combat corruption: experts

JOHANNESBURG South Africa (Xinhua) -- As voters have chosen the ruling African National Congress (ANC) in South Africa’s national election, they cast their hope on its president Cyril Ramaphosa to fix the ailing economy and root out corruption, according to experts after Wednesday’s elections.

While the ANC would return to parliament as a major party, its seats have been reduced by 19 to 230. It is the first time that the ANC support has been reduced to below 60 percent since 1994 when it first came to power.

The Democratic Alliance, the official opposition which received over 20 percent of the vote, had its seats reduced to 84 from 89. Only the Economic Freedom Fighters grew from 25 to 44 seats.

Jannie Rossouw, Head of School of Economic and Business Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand, told Xinhua that voters want Ramaphosa to act tough on corruption and reduce government costs.

"Voters have given Ramaphosa a chance.

"They want to see decisive actions on corruption.

"They want him to deal with corrupt senior ANC members," he said.

Rossouw said reviving the economy and creating jobs are important to voters.

"They want him to deal with economic growth, create policy certainty as that would result in job creation," he said, adding that Ramaphosa is expected to reduce the size of his cabinet.

Dr. Somadoda Fikeni of the University of South Africa believed that the results have ensured that there is "stability to investors."

"The ANC needs to move with speed on the economic front because the cry is about inequality, poverty and unemployment." Fikeni told Xinhua.

Fikeni said the challenges that Ramaphosa have to deal with is acting against senior party members who have been implicated in corruption scandals.

"Unity of the party and acting against members allegedly involved in corruption would be a balancing act," he said.


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