S. African election results due on Saturday   2014-05-09 17:55:47            

CAPE TOWN, May 9 (Xinhua) -- With more than 95 percent of the votes already counted, final election results will be announced on Saturday, authorities said.

"I am confident that we will be done by lunch time," the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) Deputy Chairperson Terry Tselane told SA FM's AM Live on Friday.

Tselane said the IEC has made an arrangement to declare the results on Saturday.

The IEC results show the ruling African National Congress (ANC) will continue to govern the country and eight provinces, with the Democratic Alliance (DA) holding on to the Western Cape.

The ANC has between 62 percent and 63 percent of the overall vote, but it has lost about three percent points in the race for votes for the National Assembly, compared with the 2009 elections.

The DA has about 22 percent of the votes, strengthening its position as the official opposition nationally.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has been by far the most successful newcomer, with close to six percent of the vote, and is set to be the official opposition in North West and Limpopo.

The South African Broadcasting Corporation predicts that the ANC will win 261 seats in the National Assembly, three seats fewer than after the last general elections in 2009.

The DA will have 90 seats, 23 seats more than what it got in 2009. The EFF will have 23 seats, the Inkata Freedom Party (IFP) 10 and the National Freedom Party (NFP) 7.

The remaining seven seats would be shared among other smaller parties, the SABC predicted.

South Africans voted on Wednesday to elect the new National Assembly and provincial legislatures.

The SA National Assembly consists of 400 members elected by proportional representation with a closed list approach. Two hundred members will be elected from national party lists; the other 200 will be elected from provincial party lists in each of the nine provinces.

The President of South Africa will be chosen by the National Assembly after the election. The premiers of each province will be chosen by the winning majority in each provincial legislature.

President Jacob Zuma, also the ANC's president, is set to win a second term.

Editor: Zhu Ningzhu
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