Vote No campaign ineffective

Around 1.3 percent of all SA ballots were spoilt, almost identical to the 2009 elections.

People voting during the national general elections on 7 May 2014. Picture: Amanda Moore/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - There has not been a significant increase in the number of spoilt ballots in this year's election, raising questions about effect of the ' Vote No' campaign.

Around 1.3 percent of all votes were spoilt, almost identical to the 2009 elections.

The campaign, supported by former Cabinet Minister Ronnie Kasrils, called on people to spoil their ballots or vote for smaller parties.

But political analyst Professor Adam Habib said it looked like disillusioned African National Congress (ANC) supporters opted to vote for the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) instead of spoiling their ballots.

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"I think two messages come out of this; the first message is that the ANC cannot be complacent but I also think it sends a message to the Democratic Alliance (DA) that the real gap of the electorate is on the left of the ANC and not on the right, that is what the EFF's presence suggests."

He added, "A large number of people who were angry with the ANC and who felt they were not in a position to vote for the DA, have thrown their hat in with the EFF."

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Julius Malema's EFF garnered over 6.35 percent of the vote nationally out-performing newcomer Agang SA.

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