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Pretoria - The African National Congress was leading the national elections with more than 11 million votes on Friday afternoon.
According to preliminary results, the party had 11 181 338 votes by 15:00, which represents 62.24% of the national vote.
This was after 98.83% of counting had been completed.
The ANC in 2009 won the elections with 11 650 748 votes - 65.9% of the national vote at the time.
The Democratic Alliance was by Friday afternoon still holding second spot with 3 983 328 votes - 22.17% of the national vote.
In 2009, the opposition party had 16.66% of the vote.
Julius Malema's Economic Freedom Fighters was in third place with 1 126 811 votes (6.27%).
Political parties would need about 47 000 votes for a seat in Parliament.
Mamphela Ramphele's Agang SA looked to get one seat in the National Assembly. So far the party had received 50 378 (0.28%) of the vote.
The Inkatha Freedom Party had so far received 434 406 votes (2.42%) and the National Freedom Party, a breakaway from the IFP, had 284 638 votes (1.58%).
Bantu Holomisa's United Democratic Movement received 182 612 votes and the Freedom Front Plus 162 217 votes.
The Congress of the People, which came in third place in 2009, was now in eighth place with 120 780 votes so far.
It garnered 1 311 027 votes in 2009.
The Electoral Commission said final election results would be announced on Saturday at 18:00
A total of 24 822 807 people had registered to vote for this election.
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