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South Africans are once again faced with another golden opportunity to elect councillors who will be responsible for governing their various municipalities for the next five years. However, the August 3 2016 South Africa Election results stands to be very crucial one as South Africans take it as another rare opportunity to establish lasting change to the state’s democracy.
Why 2016 Election Is Important
The south African democracy has been under huge criticisms under the ruling African National Congress (ANC). Of recent, the country has been plunged into political turmoil following rising corrupt situations which saw a large number of the country’s top officials being roped in, including President Jacob Zuma; the country’s economic woes and and rising unemployment and most importantly, the so-called state capture linking the president Zuma and controversial Gupta family– all of which have weakened people’s trust in the ANC-led government.
Hence the August 3 elections stands as a barometer to know if the political system will remain under the dominance of the ANC or if a multiparty trend will emerge and strive in the country. A chance to potentially reinforce the increasing progression of the main opposition parties (Democratic Alliance, DA; Economic Freedom Fighters, EFF) at the expense of the African National Congress (ANC).
The South Africa Election Results will also provide indicators of the country’s mood ahead of the next general election in 2019. Apart from the threat to the ANC’s dominance in urban areas, this election will take into account big issues: financial management of municipalities, service delivery, corruption, the drought, public transport, housing and job opportunities for the youth…
Political parties involved in the Elections.
There are some 61,014 candidates from 200 political parties (a 65 percent increase in the number of parties compared to the last election in 2011) vying for 283 municipalities.
Eleven political parties were officially registered by the SA’s Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) with three political parties -ANC, DA and EFF – taking a leading role in the democratic election. Others include Congress of the People (Cope); United Democratic Movement (UDM); Independent Civic Organization Of SA(ICOSA); Inkatha Freedom Party(IFP); African Independent Congress (AIC); Save Tsantsabane Coalition (STC) and People’s Democratic Movement (PDM) among others.
August 3 Election Eesult In Various Provinces
There are over 24.9 million people on the voters register covering nine provinces of the state. Following pools report, the election result in most municipalities are tussle out between the three main political parties. Here is the current South Africa Election Results so far for each of the nine contested provinces
Despite the political crisis that rocked this province, the South Africa election results show that the ANC still maintain a leading role except in some controversial metropolis like Tshwane where the Democratic Alliance is leading in the number of votes and the ANC leads in the number of seats. There, the DA is leading with 519,458 votes while the ANC leads with 28 seats