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South Africa’s ANC on 46% of municipal vote with 75% of ballots counted

Election officials count ballots after the closing of the local government elections, at a farm in Alewynspoort, outside Johannesburg, South Africa November 1, 2021. REUTERS-Siphiwe Sibeko

South Africa’s governing African National Congress (ANC) looked almost certain to get less than 50% of an election vote for the first time since it ended white minority rule in 1994, with three-quarters of results in from Monday’s municipal ballot.

As of 1330 GMT on Wednesday the party was on 46%, down from 54% in corresponding elections in 2016, previously its worst result. The ANC’s biggest rival, the Democratic Alliance, stood second on 22% and the Marxist Economic Freedom Fighters third with 10%.

Monday’s elections had been widely viewed as a referendum on the ANC, tainted by corruption and facing a backlash over poor stewardship of an ailing economy, and on its uninterrupted 27 years in charge of Africa’s most industrialised nation.

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