Not such a ‘good story to tell’
In the South African democracy there are approximately 33 million eligible voters on the voters roll. This represents 66% of the population of South Africa that can vote in a general national and or provincial election.
However of the 33 million eligible voters in the country only 25 383 361 (76.91%) are registered voters.
Shamefully in the last elections held (2014) the voters that actually voted was 18 588 847 which is a shameful 56.32% of the eligible voters.
Taken the number of votes cast, the ANC claimed victory to 62, 36% of the votes in its favour yet taken against the registered voters as a percentage this amounts to 45.06% or as a percentage of the eligible voters it drops to 34.06%. This indeed is not “a good story to tell”.
Of the registered voters (25 383 361) only 18 588 847 considered it their duty to vote. This in effect means that 6 794 514 voters abstained from voting which can be considered as a vote against the ANC.
When considering that the DA managed to get 4 091 584 votes in their favour and you add the ‘stay-away’ vote as their credit a totally different picture and scenario immerges, in that it means the DA (and or other opposition parties) managed to get 10 866 098 votes in comparison to the 11 436 921 cast in favour of the ANC. This would amount to 22 303 019 votes cast for the two major parties and would, when extrapolated mean that the ANC got 49.27% of the votes and the DA 48.72%.
This is indeed an interesting scenario in that the DA would then be in a position to form an alliance with other political parties and outvote the ANC majority in Parliament is the ‘stay away votes’ were considered.
We need to take into consideration the bigger picture and not bloat and brag on the smaller segment, which is not really a true and representative picture of the actual status quo that exists.
A lot of uneducated and illiterate people do not ‘see the bigger picture’ that is prevalent, and through their ignorance, and the manipulation of the ruling party are lead to believe that they are being lead by the party that is truly representative of the wishes of the people, yet when dissected a different picture immerges and this is indeed the true sense of the perception (view, opinion, picture, reading, take on, slant, assessment, experience) that people in this beautiful country of ours are ‘brain washed’ to believe as gospel!
Shame on you, Mr. Ruling Party, for exploiting the uneducated and ill informed and illiterate in this country in this unscrupulous manner, and making them believe that you are indeed their party of preference and choice!