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ANC takes early lead in South African poll

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ANC takes early lead in South African poll

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The counting still has a long way to go but South Africa’s ruling ANC has taken a commanding lead in the fourth election since the end of apartheid. While there is little doubt Jacob Zuma’s party will win the election, putting him in line for the presidency, early results may be more revealing for his rivals.

Helen Zille’s Democratic Alliance is well behind the African National Congress but, so far, it looks to have won the battle for second place. A new party formed by ANC dissidents has been hoping to change the face of South African politics. But the country’s 23 million registered voters may have had other ideas. Counting began late in some areas after voting was extended. Amid a massive turnout, estimated at nearly 80 percent, many polling stations suffered a shortage of ballot papers. The final result of the election is not expected before Friday.