ANC wins Free State but gradual decline continues

The Democratic Alliance has grown as the province's official opposition with 16.23% of the vote, up from 11.6% in 2009. (AFP)

The Democratic Alliance has grown as the province's official opposition with 16.23% of the vote, up from 11.6% in 2009. (AFP)

While the ANC had won a strong majority in the Free State, the party has fallen to below 70% of the vote, according to the province’s final numbers in preliminary results released on Friday evening.

The ruling party came in with 69.85 % of the vote, a comfortable majority but still a decline from its previous performances.

In the 2009 elections the party won the province by more than 71% and it scored above 80% in the 2004 and 1999 elections.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has grown as the province’s official opposition with 16.23% of the vote, up from 11.6% in 2009.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) continued its strong showing across the country, coming in third with 8.15% of the vote.

A little more than a million valid votes were cast in the province, which had a 71% voter turnout.

The ANC received 708 720.

Gauteng was the last remaining province to be counted, with nine voting districts outstanding at 9pm on Friday. The Independent Electoral Commission’s slow pace of vote counting in the province has raised the ire of opposition parties like the EFF.

 
Verashni Pillay

Verashni Pillay

Verashni Pillay is the editor-in-chief of the Mail & Guardian. She grew up in Laudium, Pretoria, learned her trade at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, spent a spell in Cape Town as an online journalist, and now loves living in Jozi. Her interests are broad but include a focus on politics and multi-platform storytelling. Read more from Verashni Pillay

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