Ok, it's bad but not as bad as we thought it would be. Here's why every vote for the opposition counted and why I am glad I made the effort to put in my two cents' worth. Well done everyone. I'm sure someone in the opposition, particularly COPE members being ex-ANC members 'n all will turncoat to vote with ANC (perhaps) as they are accustomed to a little grease money but it is good to see that the ANC has to rely on at least two or more opposition members to change the constitution. Now had this been the case a few months ago for instance, we'd still have the Scorpions and Zuma wouldn't be president.
The Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) on Saturday announced election results following Wednesday's poll, saying the ruling African National Congress (ANC) has scored a resounding victory.
IEC Chairperson Brigalia Bam said the results showed that 15 years after the first election, the emotions, the enthusiasm and commitment and quest for democracy remains the same.
"In terms of Section 57 of the Elections Act 73 of 1998, the Election Commission of South Africa is proud to declare the 2009 national and provincial elections free and fair and that they reflect the will of South African voters," she said.
Likening voting to an orchestra of democracy, Bam said, the 2009 election showed that the central tenet of a fledgling democracy and its sustenance rested squarely on public participation.
"We as the Electoral Commission are proud to serve as the medium or conduit through which the people express their participation in our fledgling democracy. We are just one of the notes in an orchestra of democracy," she said.
The ANC has won a big victory in Wednesday's elections but fallen short of two-thirds majority in parliament, the final tally showed on Saturday.
The final results showed the ANC garnered 65.9 percent of the 17,680,729 valid votes cast. It received the support of 11,650,748 voters.
The opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) won 16.68 percent of the votes, followed by the newcomer Congress of the People with 7.42 percent of the votes.
The final turnout was recorded as 17,919,966. There were 23,181,977 South Africans who had registered to cast their ballots on Wednesday's elections.