ANC wins South Africa's 2011 local government election

13:44, May 22, 2011      

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South Africa's ruling party African National Congress (ANC) won in local government elections, announced South Africa's Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) Chairperson Brigalia Bam late Saturday at the national Results Centre in Pretoria.

According to the final results, ANC got a total 198 councils, 5,633 seats and 62 percent of support. It was followed by the Democratic Alliance (DA) with 18 councils, 1,555 seats and 23. 9 percent of support. Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) came third by getting five councils and 352 seats and 3.6 percent of support. Compared to the last local government election, ANC's support rate dropped 5 percent from 67 percent, and in contrast DA saw its support jump from 14 percent in 2006.

Brigalia Bam declared the 2011 local government elections to be free and fair.

In this election the service delivery including water, electricity and basic education for the poor was the big issue.

"Local government elections are very important as municipalities are the main point of delivery. The local government sphere is closest to the people, and provides services that affect the lives of the people directly." South African President Jacob Zuma said at the official release of election results.

Zuma also called for political parties to begin working together to give the South African people, especially the poor and the workers, visible change in their living conditions.

South Africans cast their votes in the country's fourth democratic local government elections on Wednesday which was preceded by two days of the casting of special votes.

IEC saw the highest voter turnout for the election at 57.6 percent with 13.6 million voters, much higher than anticipated. In 2000 the turnout was 48 percent while at the last local government elections in 2006 it was 48.4 percent.

Source: Xinhua
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