South African President Cyril Ramaphosa leads ruling African National Congress to victory but a drop in its share of the vote underlines the challenge he faces restoring confidence in his party.
Three opinion polls in recent weeks show the ANC's support ranging between 51 and 61 percent, compared with the 62 percent it won in 2014.
South Africans go to the polls on Wednesday in one of the most competitive national elections since the first multiracial vote in 1994.
The announcement comes after a high-level meeting was called by the African National Congress party to determine Jacob Zuma's future as pressure builds on South Africa's president to step down.
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