South African election officials counted ballot papers in the early hours of Thursday, while President Cyril Ramaphosa hoped to prevent a decline in popularity of his political party.
The votes counted and captured stood at around three million, with the ANC polling about 56 percent of the vote, followed by the Democratic Alliance (DA) with 25 percent.
The radical Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), is in third place with 9%, based on the official early results.
According to BBC, Elections officials said voting had advanced smoothly but that there had been isolated incidents where bad weather, power outages or community protests had caused disruptions. The electoral commission said it was investigating two potential instances of double-voting.
Ramaphosa, who became ANC leader in December 2017 after narrowly defeating a faction allied with Zuma, has promised to improve poor public services, create jobs and fight corruption.
“We have made mistakes but we have been sorry about those mistakes and we are saying our people should reinvest their confidence in us,” he said after casting his vote at a primary school in Soweto.
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