This election's biggest winners and losers – so far

2014-05-08 19:08

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"Humbled" is how Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi feels when she monitors the national election results.

The leader of the National Freedom Party (NFP), which was formed three years ago, cannot believe how well her party is doing.

At 5pm, IEC results showed the NFP was on the list of the top five political parties in this year’s national elections.

“I want to thank all the people who went out yesterday and supported the NFP,” she said. “The leadership, my family and all those volunteers who did door-to-door campaigning, thank you.”

So far, newcomers Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and the NFP are among the biggest winners in the battle for seat in Parliament.

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Currently, the EFF is in third place on the national results board with 5.15% of the vote. The NFP has not received as much media coverage as the EFF has but the polls show they were able to get their message across.

“We have made history,” KaMagwaza-Msibi said of her 1.69% voter support.

Joining the EFF and NFP on the list of winners is the DA, which has had an increase of close to 6 percentage points so far, compared with the 2009 national elections – when it received 16.66% of the national vote.

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) also improved its lot – according to the results as at 5pm. It holds sixth position with 1.11% – compared with 0.85% in 2009.

The AIC has edged into the top ten at ninth place with 0.56%.

Read: AIC heads for Parliament: Did voters mistake it for ANC?

Perhaps the biggest disappointment has been the Congress of the People. The party, which was formed in 2009 by disgruntled ANC members, has had a poor showing this year. In 2009 Cope took third place with 7.42% of the vote but recent results show it only acquiring 0.74%.

Also on the losers' side is the less than one-year-old AgangSA. The party, which is the brainchild of Mamphela Ramphele, was expected to achieve support levels of between 0.3% and 2.8% by global market research company Ipsos.

Ramphele had disputed this research, saying: “The polls are undermining Agang’s support." So far her party only has a voter support of 0.23%.

The ANC is also experiencing a dip as things stand. In the last elections it achieved 65.90%. The party is sitting at 62.69% after more than half the ballots have been tallied.

The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), which was a strong contender in the first two democratic elections, is continuing its decline. In 2009 it garnered 4.55% of votes but now have only passed the 2% mark.

But it’s not all doom and gloom.

Showing a steady increase in voter support is the Freedom Front Plus. In the last election it was placed seventh with 0.83%. As things stand, the party is in the same position but with 0.93% of the votes.

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