South Africa Election: ANC Leads as Votes Counted

South Africa Election: ANC Leads as Votes Counted

South Africa Election: ANC Leads as Votes Counted

The president of the country is the leader of the party that gets the most votes.

The ANC now controls eight of South Africa's nine provinces.

This "SA elections hub" is part of our Africa Elections coverage of the election on-ground with our correspondent Daniel Mumbere and also on our different social media platforms. Ramaphosa has vowed to accelerate the redistribution of land to the black majority, endorsing an opposition bill to amend the constitution to make expropriation without compensation easier. Of the 47 opposition parties in the race, only the main opposition centrist DA and the radical-left Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) are major players. Ramaphosa replaced the scandal-plagued Zuma as president of Africa's most advanced economy three months later. There is now a commission looking into high-level corruption under the Zuma administration. His supporters have said the ANC faces a "moral crisis".

"All party members are 100% behind him", he said at the national elections centre in Pretoria.

Looking at the results thus far from the provinces, the Eastern Cape, North West, Western Cape and the Northern Cape have captured more than 90% of their voting districts. Voter disillusionment appears to have affected turnout at the polls; it dropped to 65% compared to 74% in 2014.

Opinion polls suggest that the ANC will get just over 50% of the vote with the DA forecast to get about 20%, reports AFP news agency. It received 62% of the total vote five years ago.

Full results are due on Saturday.

Preceding the special voting, people in the diaspora had been availed the opportunity to cast their ballots a week ahead of the main process back home.

Poor weather across much of South Africa may be to blame.

The poll was the toughest test yet for the ANC, which has ruled South Africa since the 1994 election. However, so far the biggest surprise in these elections is the performance of the VF Plus which has gained more voters in the provinces. He denies any wrongdoing.

Polls closed in South Africa on Wednesday after nationwide elections nearly certain to keep the ruling ANC in power despite anger over corruption scandals, sluggish growth, and record unemployment.

It traces its roots back to the Progressive Party, a group formed by white liberals who opposed apartheid and has grown partly by merging with other parties.

New Kid on the block, GOOD, formed by former DA mayor Patrica De Lille was seventh on the board with 16,655 votes.

But EFF leader Julius Malema has said that it will not make a deal with the DA and is more likely to look to a coalition with the ANC.

They are followed by the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), which is now standing at 2.89%, the Freedom Front Plus (VF Plus) at 2.48%, African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) with 0.92% of the votes and the United Democratic Movement (UDM) at 0.53%. Matole voted ANC, telling Al Jazeera in a phone call that he was a "loyal citizen and loyal to his political party". What is clear is that, the worse the ANC does, the better the Zuma group's chances are of removing Ramaphosa at the national conference in 2022.

He only became party leader in December 2017, succeeding Jacob Zuma, who was accused of overseeing blatant corruption in the country.

Predicting that the ANC will remain in government outside the Western Cape is based on political common sense. The EFF took 25 seats - a commendable showing in its first national elections.

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