The ruling ANC as widely expected took a strong lead with the DA and EFF trailing. Voters elected lawmakers in a process that will ultimately lead to the choosing of a president by the next National Assembly.
South Africa has nine provinces which are: Limpopo, Guateng, Free State, Northern Cape, Eastern Cape, Western Cape, Kwa-Zulu Natal, North West and Mpumalanga.
Fourteen parties are set to take seats in South Africa’s next National Assembly. The ruling ANC maintained their huge lead with over half of the seats.
The ANC, however, saw a drop in its votes and seats as did the main opposition Democratic Alliance, DA. DA have 84 seats down from 89 whiles the EFF became the biggest winner in the process.
EFF’s seats went up by nineteen seats, incidentally the same loss to the ANC. The DA dropped by 5 seats. Three new parties – ATM (2), GOOD (2) and Al-Jama (1) secured seats.
ANC is the only party with three-digit figures (230), four parties have double-figure representation DA (84), EFF (44), IFP (14) and VP Plus (10). The ACDP has four seats whiles six others have two seats each. Al Jama party and PAC have a seat each.
Seats in the National Assembly. (Change in brackets)
ANC: 230 (-19)
DA: 84 (-5)
EFF: 44 (+19)
IFP: 14 (+4)
FF+: 10 (+6)
ACDP: 4 (+1)
NFP: 2 (-4)
UDM: 2 (-2)
COPE: 2 (-1)
AIC: 2 (-1)
ATM: 2 (new)
GOOD: 2 (new)
PAC: 1 (no change)
Al Jama-ah: 1 (new)
Whiles in parts of Africa, a finger of the voter is virtually dipped into indelible ink, it is a simple process over in South Africa.
A simple ink mark on the left thumb seems to be all that is required to identify a voter. Most voters have been sharing a sign that they had actually cast their ballots.
The elections body, IEC, had earlier reiterated the offense relating to sharing once vote on social media. They encouraged voters to rather share their ticked thumbs.
The main issues before the vote
There were a number of issues likely to weigh strongly on the vote according to political and elections analysts: The land question and housing, corruption, education and jobs.
The issue of land has been topical through the years but more prominently this year when the expropriation of land engaged lawmakers in fierce exchanges.
As it stands now, the parliament voted to expropriate land without compensation with the ruling ANC and leftist EFF voting strongly in favour whiles the main opposition DA rejected the motion.
South Africa, one of the continent’s most industrialized nations, continues to suffer the scourge of corruption which was key in the move to oust former president Jacob Zuma ahead of the polls. There is currently a commission looking into high-level corruption under the Zuma administration.
Unemployment has been an issue which President Ramaphosa has pledged to actively combat in his first substantive term if the ANC gets the mandate to continue.
Special and diaspora voting
Around 770, 000 South Africans were expected to cast their special on Tuesday (May 6 – 7), an opportunity that was approved by the electoral body to enable those who may be unable to cast their ballot on election day.
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.
South Africa is one of few African countries that allow registered citizens to express their democratic rights. Kenya and Rwanda also make provisions for same during their presidential polls.
Author: Staff Writer