Tuesday, June 04, 2024

IEC: Voters Overwhelmingly Rate 2024 Elections as Free and Fair

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) held a press conference at the Results Operation Centre in Midrand on Sunday evening, where they announced the final results of the 2024 national and provincial elections. President Cyril Ramaposha, alongside Chief Electoral Officer Sy Mamabolo, addressed the nation on the outcome of what has been described as a landmark election.

Screenshot: Facebook Electoral Commission of South Africa IEC

Mamabolo emphasized the IEC's commitment to transparency and voter sovereignty, noting that 16.2 million voters had cast their ballots. Despite challenges like long queuing times, Mamabolo commended voters for their patience and dedication to democracy. He said a survey by the Human Sciences Research Council showed high voter satisfaction with the electoral process and trust in the Electoral Commission: "Results indicated that voters overwhelmingly believe that national elections 2024 were free and fair, and they positively rated the conduct of officials at voting stations. Trust in the Electoral Commission was high and almost all voters felt that they were safe to cast their ballot papers in secret."

After Mamabolo's address, Chairperson Mosotho Moepya reflected on the election's challenges, including targeted attacks and disinformation campaigns. He praised the nation's resilience and commitment to the democratic process.

The 2024 Election results were announced afterwards. The ANC secured 40.18% of the national vote. This marks the first time in 30 years that the ANC will need to negotiate a coalition government, as the DA received 21.81%, followed by the MK party with 14.58% and EFF with 9.52%.

Done by: Veerle Kroon

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