UPDATE 4-South Africa's ANC poised for election victory but support ebbs


- af.reuters.com | 3 months ago

Naledi Mashishi 5 Min Read* ANC in strong lead with 57% of the vote * Results in from 88% of voting districts * ANC’s lead in Gauteng province below 50% * For more stories on South Africa’s elections: (Adds latest election tally, ANC, DA officials) By Emma Rumney and Naledi Mashishi PRETORIA, May 10 (Reuters) - The African National Congress was headed for victory in South Africa’s election on Friday, although the party was on course for its worst performance since it took power 25 years ago.

By 1100 GMT, 86% of ballots in 22,925 voting districts had been counted, showing the ANC to be leading the parliamentary race with 57% of the vote. The main opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) was on 21% and the leftist Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) had garnered 10%.

ANC officials acknowledged the decline in support for the party since the last election in 2014, when it won 62% of the vote, but said the results were still strong enough.

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