Small percentage of spoilt votes so far

By Drum Digital
08 May 2014

The number of spoilt ballot papers, from those counted in early results on Thursday morning, represented only a small percentage of ballots cast.

Figures at 4.33am from the Electoral Commission of SA's (IEC) national operations centre in Pretoria show that out of 1,893,269 votes national election votes counted countrywide, 24,842 were spoiled, equalling 1.31 percent of votes counted.

The province where the most ballots proportionally were spoilt was the North West, where out of 87,868 votes counted, 1642 ballots had been spoiled, equalling 1.87 percent.

Leading up to election day on Wednesday, former intelligence minister Ronnie Kasrils and former deputy health minister Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge led the "Sidikiwe! Vukani! Vote No! Campaign".

The campaign was aimed at convincing struggle activists and others not to vote for the ANC, but rather to vote for a small political party -- not the Democratic Alliance -- or at least spoil their votes by writing "no" on the ballot paper.

They said this tactical voting would help deepen democracy through diminishing the ruling party's majority. - Sapa

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