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
"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
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upheld and five were withdrawn by the objecting parties.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
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
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
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
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
"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
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
"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.
Ruling A.N.C. party is still leading as general election
South Africa ruling ANC has won the 2019 general election,
despite a steep dip in turnout