South Africa ANC takes early lead in polls results | The Daily Star
01:50 AM, May 10, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:52 AM, May 10, 2019

South Africa ANC takes early lead in polls results

Nelson Mandela’s African National Congress (ANC) surged into the lead in early official results yesterday with 55 percent of the vote in the first electoral test of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s bid to reinvigorate the ruling party. With just over a fifth of voting districts tallied, the South African Election Commission put ANC well ahead, with its closest rival the Democratic Alliance trailing with a distant 26 percent. The party that wins the most seats in parliament selects the country’s president, who will be sworn in on May 25. Support for the ANC has fallen in every election since 2004 with the party taking 54 percent in 2016 municipal elections, compared with 62 percent in 2014’s national vote.

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