Cape Town - South Africans living overseas shunned the ruling party and reportedly voted en-masse for the Democratic Alliance, which received an overwhelming majority of 84.44% of votes cast by expats in last week’s elections.
According to the Sunday Times, the ANC secured only 8.32% of the expat vote, Agang 0.28% and Julius Malema’s Economic Freedom Fighters 1.81%.
But according to the newspaper, the DA’s win made no major dent as their votes tallied just over 15 000 – which was not enough to give them an additional seat in parliament.
Most of the votes came from London, where more than 2 000 South Africans were registered to vote.
The Independent Electoral Commission said approximately 26 000 voters submitted VEC 10 forms applying to vote outside of South Africa.
This year marks the first time South Africans were able to register abroad in order to vote in the 2014 election. They were however, not allowed to vote in the provincial election.
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