South Africans went to the polls Wednesday in an election marking 25 years since the end of apartheid rule in 1994.
The ANC surged into the national lead in early official results Thursday with 55 percent of the vote in the first electoral test of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s bid to revive the ruling party’s flagging image.
Ramaphosa, 66, took over last year after the African National Congress forced then-president Jacob Zuma to resign after nine years dominated by corruption allegations and economic problems.
With more than two-fifths of voting districts tallied, the Electoral Commission put the ANC well ahead, with its closest rival the Democratic Alliance (DA) trailing with a distant 25 percent.
The Economic Freedom Fighters, founded six years ago by former ANC youth leader Julius Malema, was nearing nine percent.
The final results are expected to be officially certified on Saturday.
2019 Election results vs 2014: Western Cape
Note: The data for 2019 will update intermittently. It will be noted once all results have been counted and certified by the IEC. They will continue to update as data rolls in. The leading parties are listed here, full results once results have been ratified.