This fantastic result reflects support by South Africans around the world who continue to take an interest in the country and may return, and who support the DA’s offer of clean government and job creation.
From across the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, the USA and the Middle East, the commitment from South Africans around the world to make their vote count was overwhelming. Despite many difficulties, including a London tube strike, 68% of those South Africans who were eligible to vote abroad in Elections 2014 cast valid votes.
On behalf of the DA Abroad, our Global Chairperson, Ludre Stevens, said, “We would like to thank every South African who cast their vote abroad in support of the DA. We know that the journey to the voting station was not easy and deeply appreciate the incredible efforts made around the world. We would also like to thank our incredible Party Agents and Representatives around the world who volunteered and worked tirelessly to make this election a success. We will continue to work over the next five years to improve overseas voting procedures and justify their faith in us to create an Open Opportunity Society for All.”
ELECTION 2014: INTERNATIONAL RESULT BY PARTY
ELECTION 2014: INTERNATIONAL VOTER TURNOUT BY VOTING STATION
(TOP 20 ONLY)
New York CG
Source: Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC)
It is unfortunate that the ballots cast in Toronto, Havana, Lubumbashi and Madrid were not counted mainly due to the ballots being delayed/withheld by the customs officials of those countries. These ballots were not expected to arrive before the 9pm deadline on Friday, 9 May. We understand that the IEC had done their best to get the votes back to South Africa, but of course we will be taking this up with the IEC and will work together to avoid this in future.