ANC in the lead with more than 1mil votes counted

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Pretoria - The African National Congress (ANC) is in the lead with just over one million votes counted in the national elections by 5:30am on Thursday morning.

Of these 1 032 164 have gone to the ANC.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) is second on the leader board with 336 699 of the votes. In third place is the recently-established Cope with 121 202 votes.

The IFP is in fourth position with 42 651 votes, followed by the ID with 35 171, the Freedom Front Plus with 22 938. The UDM has 13 723. The A Party is last with 291 votes.

In all, 23,181,997 people were registered to vote in the general elections on Wednesday. According to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), it is not yet clear how many of the registered voters turned out at the polls.

In the provincial results, the ANC leads in eight out of nine provinces. The DA is ahead in the Western Cape.

In KwaZulu-Natal, where some analysts predicted the DA would overtake the IFP as the official opposition, the ANC leads with 94 162 votes, followed by the IFP with 41 832 and the DA with 7 573.