ANC Retains Majority in South African Election

May 9, 2014, 10:42 a.m.

General elections were held in South Africa on Wednesday, May 7, 2014. At stake in the election were 400 seats in the National Assembly, 200 members elected by nationwide proportional representation, and 200 members elected by proportional representation in 9 multi-member districts weighted based on population. With 99.3 percent of votes counted, the ruling African National Congress (ANC) has retained its majority in the National Assembly. The ANC, led by President Jacob Zuma, received 11,294,249 votes, winning 62.22 percent of the vote. The opposition Democratic Alliance finished second, receiving 4,021,684 votes (22.16), while the opposition Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) finished third with 1,142,712 votes (6.30 percent). No other party received more than five percent of votes in the election. Turnout in the election was lower than in previous elections, with only 73.4 of registered voters casting their ballots in the election.

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