The ruling African National Congress (ANC) has bagged victory in the 2019 Elections, with 57.50% of the total national votes cast in the hotly contested polls.
The final results in the National and Provincial Elections were announced by the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) at the National Results Operation Centre (ROC) on Saturday (May 11).
The announcement came three days after over 17 million of the 26 779 025 registered South Africans took to the polls on Wednesday, May 8
A record 48 political parties contested the elections, making it the most contested polls since the dawn of democracy.
The final results of the 6th National and Provincial elections, announced by IEC Chairperson, Glen Mashinini, show that the Democratic Alliance (DA) will still remain the official opposition party, as it gained 20.77%of the votes. In 2014, the party received 22.23% of the total votes cast in the National Election.
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) cemented their place in the leadership ranks by gaining 10.79% of the votes cast nationally. This is an increase for the five-year-old party, which managed to get 6.35% in the 2014 Elections.
The top three are followed by Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) at number four, which received 3.38 %; the Freedom Front Plus (VF PLUS) with 2.38%, the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) with 0.84 % and the United Democratic Movement (UDM) with 0.45%.
The top 10 is completed by newcomers African Transformation Movement (ATM), with 0.44%of the votes, and GOOD with 0.40%, followed by the National Freedom Party (NFP), with 0.35 %of the votes.
Because these were National Elections, the IEC had to break down the number of seats that each political party will get in the National Assembly of Parliament, using a quota of the proportional representation system or party list system.
There are 400 seats to go around in the National Assembly.
In order to translate these numbers into Parliamentary seats, IEC officials had to divide the total number of votes – 17 666 260 million in this case – by the number of Parliamentary seats – 400 – in order to generate a quota.
Once the quota was established, the IEC divided it by the number of votes each party received.
According to the IEC numbers, the ANC will be sending 230 of its members to Parliament. In the 2014 Elections, the party acquired 249 seats, while it had 264 seats in the 2009 Elections.
The DA will be sending 84 of its members to Parliament. In the 2014 Elections, the DA had 89 seats and 67 in 2009.
In third place, in terms of seat allocation, will be the EFF with 44 seats, an increase from the 25 seats the party had in 2014.
Coming in fourth place will be the IFP, which secured 14 seats, up from 10 in the last elections.
VF Plus comes into the top five, with 10 seats allocated. In the fifth Parliament, the party ranked seventh with only four seats.