- As ‘election season’ in SA starts to slow down after the announcement of the ANC’s win, it’s important to look at this year’s edition in context of previous statistics
- While the ANC may have won the National Elections in both 2014 and 2019, statistics show that there were some explicit differences between the two events
- One of the main differences pinpointed is a lower turn-out of voters for 2019, but a higher number of registered voters
The last couple of months have been a flurry of manifestoes, ballot boxes and press conferences, but now the 2019 South African Election period begins to wind down and citizens settle back into old routines.
With the African National Congress (ANC) winning the National Election and Cyril Ramaphosa announced as the president of SA, many voters have been left satisfied.
The question is: how do these recent elections compare to those held 5 years ago, in 2014?
In order to understand our country and our democracy better, it’s important to have a look at the habits of voters.
News24 reported that, oddly enough, even though there were more South Africans who registered to vote this year, there were less people who actually turned up to vote.
The amount of voters who participated in the elections dropped from an impressive 73.48% in 2014 to a significantly lower 65.99% this year.
However, the amount of young people voting in the elections was higher this time around.
Although the ANC won overall, the party has lost seats in parliament, as has the Democratic Alliance (DA).
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), however, has gained an impressive 19 seats this year.
While the top two parties, the ANC and DA, both lost support, the biggest growth in support from 2014 to 2019 was seen in the EFF and Freedom Front Plus (FF+).
The biggest continuous loss in support can be seen for Mosiuoa “Terror” Lekota’s party, Congress of the People (COPE), who, since 2009, has lost just under two-thirds of their supporters.
One of the biggest changes since 2014 will be that the ANC will now be in charge of Gauteng, which the DA held leadership over for the last 5 years, Briefly.co.za reported.
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