JOHANNESBURG, May 8, 2019 (Xinhua) -- Electoral officials check the identity of voters at a polling station in the Crawford College in Johannesburg, South Africa, on May 8, 2019. South Africans are flocking to about 23,000 voting stations across the . Image Source: IANS News

Johannesburg, May 12 : South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) has won the national election by winning 57.51 per cent of the votes, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) announced.

The official results showed on Saturday that opposition party Democratic Alliance (DA) came second with 20.76 per cent while the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) won 10.79 per cent, Xinhua reported.

IEC Chairperson Glen Mashinini said that despite the record number of political parties that contested in the elections, only 14 parties would make into parliament.

The ANC would return to the National Assembly with 230 seats, DA with 84 and EFF with 44 seats.

The IEC said 97 per cent of sample voters found the elections free and fair while 97 per cent found the voting process easy.

The IEC's Chief Electoral Officer Sy Mamabolo said that South Africa's sixth democratic election were the most complex, highly contested one.

"We've come through these elections as a stronger institution, a stronger country," he said.

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