9 things worth knowing about the election results

2014-05-11 06:00

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1. At 400, the IEC received the highest number of complaints during these elections since 1994.

2. The KISS party has never won a seat in Parliament even though it contested all elections since 1994. This year it only managed 4 294 votes.

3. Although the APC and the PAC failed to make the threshold of 45 000 votes to secure a seat, they managed to get a seat in Parliament after being favoured by the proportional representation system in the allocation if seats.

4. The Economic Freedom Fighters have become the official opposition, dislodging the DA, in the Limpopo and North West legislatures. The DA has unseated the IFP as the official opposition in KwaZulu-Natal.

5. The ANC’s support in Gauteng dropped from 64% in the 2009 elections to just under 54%.

6. Only 13 of the 29 political parties, which contested the national ballot (a record), will be represented in Parliament.

7. The Congress of the People are the biggest losers after winning 30 seats in the National Assembly in 2009 and dropping to a mere three seats in 2014. It garnered 7% of the vote five years ago and 0.67% in 2014.

8. The 2014 result (62.15%) is the smallest electoral mandate the ANC has received to date – after winning 62.65% in 1994 and 66.4% in 1999. The biggest was in 2004 under, Thabo Mbeki, when it almost received 70%.

9. A total of 251 960 ballots were spoilt in these elections, which is the equivalent of five-and-a-half seats in the National Assembly.

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