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Election map shows ANC support loss

2014-04-02 12:00
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Cape Town - The support for the African National Congress has fallen significantly over the last five years.

This shift can be identified by the elections platform built by News24 parent company 24.com. The platform aggregates a number of voting metrics for a visual representation of voting patterns.

Browse the Voting Shifts Map here.

"Percentage-wise, there is a clear shift away from the ruling party toward opposition parties when looking at percentages of votes over the last five years," said Cathryn Reece, head of product for 24.com.

The 2014 election is seen as a key test of the ANC's mandate to govern as the party battles damaging revelations from the public protector and the auditor general on the state of governance.

Service delivery protests continue to be a factor in South African society and the perception that patronage and corruption is rife in the country has played into the hands of opposition parties.

IEC collaboration

The elections platform was built in-house and analyses data provided by the IEC to map voting patterns in South Africa.

While the company had produced previous election maps, the 2014 one is unique in that the process is largely automated, but the fact that voting districts had increased and number of political parties presented challenges to the development team.

"It wasn't without its challenges - we knew we had to work with the IEC (something we had never done before) to up our game technologically," said Reece.

She added that the development of the application, which is available on the internet, mobile, Android and iOS, was done in collaboration with the electoral commission.

"Throughout the development phase we have been continually checking and rechecking our data displays to make sure they comply with the IEC data supplied to us and freely available via our website."

On the day of voting, the IEC will provide team with voting results as they become available and this will be incorporated into the live results page in regular updates.

"When it comes to our live results map, we'll be getting the results directly from the IEC and will have a team monitoring updates 24/7 to ensure nothing goes wrong," said Reece.

Sentiment

"That having been said, working with data this complex, there may yet be one or two small errors, and we urge members of the public to please report anything they may find to us so we can investigate and fix as soon as possible!" she added.

The elections application reveals that sentiment turned away from the ANC in favour of the Democratic Alliance in the Western Cape province, but in KwaZulu-Natal, it shifted toward the ANC at the expense of the Inkatha Freedom Party.

"For accuracy's sake we did not factor in local government election results into our shifts map, as we felt this would introduce too many distracting variables to accurately report on the data, but it does look like Gautengand the Eastern Capewill be two other areas to watch," said Reece.



Although the ANC's support declined in most parts of the country when comparing the 2009 results with that of 2004, its support in Kwazulu-Natalsaw a massive increase in 2009 compared to 2004. Click the link below to access one of the amazing features of our new interactive maps.

NEW! Compare previous National and Provincial election results with our interactive Results Maps by clicking here.

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