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Ramaphosa expected to attend IEC election results ceremony


President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver an address when the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) announces the final results of the 2024 National and Provincial Elections.

The results ceremony will be at the Commission’s National Results Operations Centre at Gallagher Estate, Midrand, on Sunday, 2 June.

IEC TO ANNOUNCE ELECTION RESULTS

Millions of South Africans cast their votes on Wednesday, 29 May.

The historic 2024 National and Provincial Elections implemented the Electoral Amendment Act, which became law in June 2023, expanding the pool of contest for the National and Provincial Elections to independent candidates.

For the first time in history, support for South Africa’s liberation party the African National Congress (ANC) has declined to 40%.

Ahead of the elections political analysts and polls did suggest that the support would decline especially with the emergence of former President Jacob Zuma’s party.

As predicted, the newly-formed MK Party is now the third-biggest political party in the country as it received over 2.3 million votes.

In the 2019 elections the ANC received 57.5% of the votes, declining from 62.15% it achieved in 2014.

Despite complaints from several political parties the IEC has confirmed that it will announce the election results on Sunday, 2 June. Source: IEC

IS PRESIDENT CYRIL RAMAPHOSA’S JOB SAFE?

According to Reuters, despite the ANC’s disappointing result, President Cyril Ramaphosa could still keep his job. The party’s first Deputy Secretary-General Nomvula Mokonyane said Ramaphosa will not resign and will not be fired.

The publication further reported that a deal to keep the ANC in the presidency could involve opposition backing in exchange either for cabinet posts or for more control of parliament, perhaps even the Speaker of Parliament.

During a briefing at the IEC National Results Operation Centre in Midrand Julius Malema said they are going to demand the position of Speaker. He previously said he wants his deputy Floyd Shivambu the be the Fiancne Minister.

On the other hand, Patriotic Alliance (PA) leader Gayton McKenzie said they are also going to demand the Home Affairs portfolio during coalition negotiations.



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