It's finally happening - the 2019 election votes are being counted, and the political parties hoping for change are holding their collective breath as results are updated regularly. The IEC released some early results and we look at how some of the parties reacted.
After a very busy day yesterday, the hard work is just starting for the IEC. Counting of the votes has begun and some preliminary results have been released.
At present, the ANC is ahead in the race, followed by the DA and then the EFF. It's predicted that the ANC may win the election with a 54.71% share of the vote. However, this would mean the party has seen a 6% drop in support compared to five years ago.
The DA currently has 26.41%. The EFF trails behind with 7.98% of the votes. Of course, this number will change as voting continues.
A total of 2 417 603 valid votes have been counted so far, while 32 451 votes have been spoilt.
The ANC feels positive about the results for now, and that's no surprise since the party is in the lead.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the EFF is happy with things as well, they feel that the early results show that they've gained more support in every province.
Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, EFF spokesperson, said the party is now part of the race.
“What is definitive is that we are part of the race. From the first reported results, we were part of the race, that has never happened before. Every single result the EFF is represented in every province. You can already see that our growth is right on the way.”
However, the DA isn't too happy. SABC News reported that the party has raised concerns over the quality of ink used and an apparent shortage of ballots at some voting stations.
COPE (The Congress of the People) is also feeling good about how things are standing. The party feels that the final results will show that they uphold the rights of South Africa's Constitution.
“There’s many people who believe in what we have said that we respect the Constitution of this country and we still believe in that up until now. We are not going after popularity. We are going on facts and we are standing by what we have said and we will be proven right.”
One of the newly-formed parties that took part in the elections this year, the Good Party, is pleased with their performance.
The party is currently in third place behind the DA and ANC in the Western Cape.
“We are actually very grateful for what we’re seeing currently and that the people they are showing a little bit of confidence and maybe more later. At the moment we don’t know what the outcome will be. Whichever seats we are going to get, nationally or provincially, we will be happy with the outcome.”
Mandisa Mashiya, national chairperson of the African Transformation Movement (ATM), is sure that people will be surprised by their results.
“We’re going to shock many people. We are going to get double digits representation in Parliament.”
It should be noted that these are early numbers and predictions can't be accurately made at this point in time.
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