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ANC would lead seven of South Africa’s nine provinces

Pretoria, May 31 (Prensa Latina) With the votes of almost 83 percent of the total cast in South Africa's general elections counted, the African National Congress (ANC) leads in seven of the country's nine provinces.

According to the data revealed by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), only the southern Western Cape would remain in the hands of the conservative Democratic Alliance (DA), while in the southeastern KwaZulu-Natal the new party uMkhonto weSizwe (MK) would dominate the political landscape.

At the national level, when more than 80 percent of the votes have passed the scrutiny, the ANC accumulates 41.2 percent of the electorate’s favor. In these seventh democratic national and provincial elections in South Africa, a participation of 58.4 percent of registered voters was recorded, according to CEI figures, with just over 98 percent of the votes considered valid.

In second place is the conservative Democratic Alliance (DA), with 22.2 percent of the votes.

The surprising uMkhonto we Sizwe (MK) party, which did not exist until a few months ago, managed to win in KwaZulu-Natal with 45.2 percent of the votes.

At the same time, at the national level the MK became the third political party in the country with a momentary 13 percent.

Meanwhile, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), with a provisional 9.4 percent, was relegated to fourth place as a national political force.

In this way, it seems almost inevitable at this point that to form the future Government, the ANC will have to form an alliance with another(s) of the main political forces to have, as a whole, a parliamentary majority.

On Sunday, June 2, the IEC is scheduled to announce the final results of South Africa’s seventh national and provincial democratic elections.

In their national elections, South Africans do not vote for the future President, but their direct and secret suffrage is to elect the party composition of the National Assembly.

In turn, these newly elected legislators, grouped into groups by proportional representation according to the results of this week’s elections, elect the new head of state within 30 days after the elections.