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Fifth parliamentary elections since downfall of apartheid regime are held in South Africa

May 07, 2014, 9:10 UTC+3 PRETORIA
A total of 29 political parties take part in the national and regional elections
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PRETORIA, May 07. /ITAR-TASS/. Fifth parliamentary elections since the downfall of the apartheid regime are held in the Republic of South Africa on Wednesday. According to the findings of the latest opinion polls, the African National Congress (ANC) is most likely to win again.

A total of 29 political parties take part in the national and regional elections. However, main rivalry for seats in parliament will develop between the ANC and the Democratic Alliance (DA) which is reckoned the party of the white minority.

Voter turnout is expected to be about 75%. Twenty-five million voters have been registered in the country.


Power dynamics

The ANC, despite a certain weakening of support for it owing to corruption scandals, may poll more than 60% of the vote. This would be a guarantee for Jacob Zuma to stay in office for a second presidential term: The Head of State in South Africa is elected in parliament.

Number two in the ANC's list is the party's vice-president Cyril Ramaphosa, who is most likely to supersede the country's incumbent Vice-President Kgalema Motlanthe.

Expert estimate is that support for the DA, headed by Helen Zille, may grow: 20% of the electorate may cast their votes for it. The pricipal purpose of the main opposition party is to win over two mostly "white" provinces of the country. Under the party's slogan "For Real Workplaces", the DA seeks to repeat the West Cape triumph and regain the backing of the capital's Gauteng Province.

A third place of youth leader Julius Malema, who was expelled from the ANC, may prove the main sensation of the polls. The main slogan of the "Economic Freedom Fighters" party, which calls for depriving the whites of all property and dividing it among the dark-skinned, arouses approval among the poorest sections of the population. Opinion polls indicate that it may poll 4% of the vote.

The results of other paries may be pessimistic. Support for the Inkatha Freedom Party, according to opinion polls, will drop from 4.5% in 2009 to 2.8 while the Congress of the People, which gained 7.9% of the vote in the previous elections, will probably be able to get only 1.3% The other parties are expected to get less than one percent of the vote.

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