Independent Electoral Commission officials count ballots after voting in South Africa's fifth democratic general election was closed at the Langa polling station in Cape Town on May 7, 2014. AFP PHOTO/RODGER BOSCH
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With nearly half the votes counted in South Africa's landmark election, the ruling ANC looked certain to extend its 20-year rule on Thursday, but with sizeble gains for the opposition.Results from more than half the polling centres showed the ANC had garnered a thumping 63 percent of the popular vote, making it highly likely that President Jacob Zuma will return for a second five-year term.A strong urban turnout appears to have significantly boosted support for the opposition Democratic Alliance, whose share of the vote is currently 23 percent, up from 17 percent at the last election.The party will be disappointed if it does not bring the ANC under 60 percent, a level that would put Zuma's position in doubt.
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