ANC leads South Africa polls (Lead, Changing dateline)

April 23rd, 2009 - 8:56 pm ICT by IANS  

Pretoria, April 23 (IANS) With more than six million votes counted in South Africa’s fourth general elections, the ruling African National Congress (ANC) was leading the polls, South African news agency BuaNews reported Thursday.
Results at the Independent Electoral Commission’s results centre showed the ANC leading the 2009 General Elections with 4,200,203 votes.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) was second with 1,135,725 votes and the newly formed Congress of the People (Cope) was in third place with 526,377 votes.

The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) was in fourth position with 187,479 votes.

The turnout was so high in some places that some polling stations ran out of ballots, prompting the Independent Electoral Commission to rush to print two million extra ballots - one million each for the national and provincial elections, which were held at the same time.

The election to the 400-seat National Assembly and nine provincial assemblies, which was observed by 5,000 domestic and more than 300 international observers, passed off peacefully despite minor irregularities.

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