Receiving the geographical analysis of the 2014 national election, the Atlas of Results, in parliament yesterday, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa joked that this year’s elections would show the same results.
“I looked very carefully at the book I [was] just handed. It contains the election results for the 2016 elections,” he said to laughter.
“So, the process you think you are going to go through [by] campaigning [has] already [been] predetermined. You will be given the 2014 results book, I already have the 2016 one. So go ahead and do what you wish, the results are already in place,” Ramaphosa said.
Electoral Commission chairperson Glen Mashinini said the Atlas identified election “weaknesses, opportunities and threats”.
According to the Atlas, the number of voters had grown by more than 7 million in the past 15 years – an increase of approximately 40%.
Of the 25.4 million people who voted in the 2014 national elections, 55% were women, the data revealed.