Johannesburg, May 10 (): The electoral commission of South Africa said on Friday the ruling African National Congress (ANC) won the 2014 national election with 62.16 percent of the votes. The Democratic Alliance (DA) with 22.2 percent of the votes took a distant second place, the ultra-left Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) took 6.35 percent vote, while other four parties divided the rest.
The election was held on Wednesday when millions of voters participated to elect 400 members of Parliament, as well as representatives in new legislatures in South Africa’s nine provinces. Reports say over 73% of the country’s 25 million listed voters turned out for elections.
The Government Communication and Information System of the country called the elections “a resounding success.” This election is the first to be held after the death of Nelson Mandela – the first black president of South Africa in December and marks 20 years since the end of white-minority rule.
Keith Khoza, ANC’s communications manager said the vote demonstrates the trust of the South Africans over ANC not only as a liberation party but also as an party that has impacted the country’s poor people lives positively.
He said ANC was a former liberation movement that was running a third world developing economy which had problems that were typical of all other developing economies. But what is important was that in the 20 years of its governance, the ANC had been able to impact positively on the lives of the poorest of the poor. And that was why they trusted the ANC with their vote.
The African National Congress was led by Nelson Mandela long back. The party had campaigned on a record of promoting democratic freedoms and providing basic services to millions of South Africans since the end of white minority rule in 1994.
It is often said the ruling party had provided millions of people access to water and other basic services, but protests regularly erupt in areas where residents say the government has ignored their needs.