IEC elections results centre in Pretoria. Picture: GCIS
IEC elections results centre in Pretoria. Picture: GCIS

THE African National Congress (ANC) won the fifth democratic elections with a reduced majority mustering 62.15% (11,436,921 votes), according to preliminary results released on Saturday.

The party had won with 65.9% of the vote in 2009.

Its support in Gauteng, the economic heartland of the country, decreased from 64.04% in 2009 to 53.59%, the party’s worst provincial performance in 2014.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) increased its support nationally from 16.66% in 2009 to 22.23% (4,091,584 votes), while the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) garnered the third highest support with 6.35% (1,169,259 votes).

Among the worst performers was the Congress of the People (COPE) who had polled 7.42%in the last general elections, but decreased to a mere 0.67% (123,235 votes) this time around.

Despite predictions that the Inkhata Freedom Party (IFP) would fare poorly at the polls, it received the fourth highest number of votes with 2.4% (441,854 votes). In a surprise result its breakaway party, the National Freedom Party (NFP) of Zanele Magwaza-Msibi, came fifth with 1.57% (288,742 votes).

This was the first time the NFP contested a national election.

Bantu Holomisa’s United Democratic Movement (UDM) increased its support from 0.85% in 2009 to 1% (184,636 votes), with the sixth highest votes. The Freedom Front Plus (FF+) followed, having improved its support from 0.83%in 2009 to 0.9% (165,715 votes), while the ACDP polled 0.57% of the vote (104,039 votes) compared with 0.81% in 2009.

Mamphela Ramphele’s Agang SA was among the poor performers on the day, with only 0.28% (52,350 votes) of the national vote.

Other parties which had previously won seats in the National Assembly such as the Minority Front, United Christian Democratic Party, the Pan Africanist Congress, Azanian People’s Organisation and African People’s Convention were all but routed at the poll.

In the Western Cape, the DA retained power with 59.38% of the vote, while the ANC increased their support from 30% in 2009 to 32% in 2014. The DA for the first time became the official opposition in KwaZulu-Natal relegating the IFP to third place in President Jacob Zuma’s home province.

In the North West and Limpopo the ANC retained power but the embattled COPE, which had previously been the official opposition in both provinces, was replaced by Julius Malema’s EFF.

According to the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) voter turnout nationally was 73.43%, with 18,402,497 valid votes cast. This was slightly down from 2009.

A total of 251,960 votes were spoilt nationally up from 239,237 in the last poll. This meant that there were more spoilt votes than those who voted for the UDM or all the other parties below it.

The IEC is expected to announce the final results at 6pm on Saturday.

It was still dealing with complaints from some political parties.


* The results are yet to be confirmed by the IEC.

Provisional 2014 election results