South African vote count shows big win for ruling party, but main opposition makes gains too

Vote-counting in elections in South Africa is almost complete, indicating a comfortable win for the ruling African National Congress but also a strengthening of key opposition rivals that promised change after 20 years of leadership by the party that led the fight against apartheid.

The national election commission said Friday that more than 98 percent of South Africa's voting districts had been counted. The African National Congress won 62.2 percent of the vote, a few percentage points lower than it received in 2009 elections. The main opposition group, the Democratic Alliance, got 22.2 percent, up more than 5 percent since the last election; and the Economic Freedom Fighters, a new party that wants to distribute wealth to the poor, had 6.25 percent.

About 25 million South Africans registered to vote.