ANC won the South African Elections for the fifth successive term

May 12, 2014 11:50 IST

African National congress (ANC) won the national elections of South Africa for the fifth successive term. In the election results announced by the Independent Electoral Commission in Pretoria on 9 May 2014, the ANC won the elections with 62.2 percent of votes.

This was the fifth national elections held in South Africa after apartheid ended in 1994.

In the National and Provisional Elections of 2014, the voter turnout was as high as 75 percent. Out of 29 parties only 13 parties received enough votes to have representation in the National Assembly in Parliament.

This is the first National Assembly in Parliament in South Africa after the Nelson Mandela‘s death in December 2013.
Jacob Zuma is the presidential candidate of ANC. With this win, he will assume the office of President for second five-year term.

National Election Results
• The ANC secured 264 seats out of 400 seats with 62.2 percent where ANC obtained 264 seats in 2009 elections.
• Democratic Alliance (DA) obtained 89 seats as compare to 67 seats in 2009 with 22 percent of votes.
• The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) obtained 25 seats and Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) obtained 10 seats.
• Other Parties like National Freedom Party (NFP) with 6 seats, United Democratic Movement (UDM) with 4 seats, Congress of the People (Cope) with 3 seats and African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) with 3 seats.

Political System in South Africa

South Africa has a parliamentary representative democratic republic with multi party system. The president of South Africa is head of the government who is elected by parliament. Executive power is exercised by the government.

Legislative power is vested in both the government and the two chambers of Parliament, the Council of Provinces and the National Assembly. Government is three-tiered, with representatives elected at the national, provincial and local levels.

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