#Elections2014: Final results announced
Pansy Tlakula has officially declared the results of SA's fifth democratic general elections.
PRETORIA - Independent Electoral Commission Chairperson (IEC) Pansy Tlakula on Saturday officially declared the results of South Africa's fifth democratic general elections.
She made the announcement a short while ago at the commission's national results centre in Pretoria.
Tlakula said a record number of 29 political parties contested the 2014 polls, 13 of which received sufficient votes for representation in the National Assembly.
The ANC secured 62,15 percent and 249 seats while the Democratic Alliance won 89 seats with 22,23 percent, followed by Julius Malema's Economic Freedom Fighters with 25 seats and 6,35 percent of the vote.
The Inkatha Freedom Party received 10 seats and 2,40 percent, the National Freedom Party six seats with 1,57 percent, while the Freedom Front Plus and United Democratic Movement both attained four seats.
The Congress of the People, African Christian Democratic Party and the African Independent Congress won three seats each.
AgangSA won two seats, and the Pan Africanist Congress of Azania and the African People's Convention won one seat each.
Tlakula quoted former president Nelson Mandela when opening her address.
She said South Africa can be proud of its democracy.
"We can affirm to one another and to the world, democracy is alive, well and thriving in our land."
Tlakula said there was a 73,48 percent voter turnout on election day.
Just 1,35 percent were spoilt ballots.
"On Wednesday, 18 million South Africans stood together as a nation as they did in 2009, 2004, 1999 and most famously, in 1994."
Speaking at the announcement, President Jacob Zuma said, "We dedicate our victory to Madiba's memory and pledge to continue taking forward his legacy, and that of his peers and forebears, working with all our people."
He also thanked voters for returning the ANC to power.
"We are delighted and humbled that they have yet again chosen the ANC."
Zuma said the election results confirm that the ruling party is deeply rooted in the hearts and minds of South Africans.
He said it is proof that South Africa has a good story to tell over the last 20 years and over the last five years in particular.
The president said this gives the ANC a mandate to continue to implement the National Development Plan.
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