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Early results from Election Day trickle in

 With only 16.66% of the vot­ing dis­tricts hav­ing com­plet­ed their count­ing so far, the results up on the leader board at the IEC’s Nation­al Results Oper­a­tion Cen­tre in Pre­to­ria, are far from final.

Results have been trick­ling in overnight, and cur­rent data shows that the rul­ing African Nation­al Con­gress (ANC) is enjoy­ing an ear­ly lead nation­al­ly.

Just before 7am on Thurs­day, the ANC was enjoy­ing a lead of 927 857 (53.35 %) vot­er sup­port nation­al­ly. The par­ty was fol­lowed by the Demo­c­ra­t­ic Alliance (DA) with 480 992 (27.66 %) votes. The red berets, Eco­nom­ic Free­dom Fight­ers (EFF), were at 133 640 (7.68 %) votes.

The country’s atten­tion turned to vote-count­ing soon after vot­ing sta­tions closed at 9pm on Wednes­day in the Nation­al and Provin­cial Elec­tions.

Accord­ing to the data so far from the Elec­toral Com­mis­sion of South Africa (IEC) ear­ly this morn­ing, the vot­er turnout was at 64.84 % with total vote cast sit­ting at 504 717. The vot­ing pop­u­la­tion is 3 128 567 with 1 579 vot­ing dis­tricts.

Data shows the small­er par­ties were suf­fer­ing as the con­test seems to be between the ANC, DA and the EFF.

In terms of the provin­cial gov­ern­ment break­down – the ANC gained 120 854 (53.17 %) votes, the DA 57 282 (25.20 %) votes and the EFF 30 425 (13.39 %) votes in Gaut­eng. So far, 277 (10 %) of the vot­ing dis­tricts have com­plet­ed their count­ing.

In the West­ern Cape only 572 (36.23 %) dis­tricts have com­plet­ed their count­ing. The data from these dis­tricts showed that the DA was lead­ing with 273 005 (58.50 %), ANC at 118 328 (25.36 %) and the new­com­er par­ty GOOD gained 16 164 (3.46 %) votes.

In KwaZu­lu-Natal, 347 (7.1 %) vot­ing dis­tricts have com­plet­ed their count­ing which showed that the ANC was lead­ing with 160 (53.74 %), the IFP with 27 519 (22.35 %) and the DA with 14 952 (12.15 %).

In Limpopo, the ANC had 53567 (70.73 %) vot­er sup­port fol­lowed by EFF with 9251 (12.22 %) and the DA with 7088 (9.36 %) votes – with 247 (7.82 %) vot­ing dis­tricts hav­ing com­plet­ed their count­ing.

With 1 307 (27.28 %) vot­ing dis­tricts com­plet­ing their count­ing in the East­ern Cape, the ANC leads with 273 905 (69.36 %) votes, DA at 69 950 (17.71 %) and EFF with sit­ting with 25 594 (6.48 %) votes.

In the Free State, only 286 (18.71 %) vot­ing dis­tricts were com­plet­ed which showed the ANC lead­ing with 53 665 (57.77 %) votes, the DA with 19 978 (21.51 %) and EFF with 9 603 (10.34 %) vot­er sup­port.

A total of 9603 (10.34 %) vot­ing dis­tricts were com­plet­ed in Mpumalan­ga. So far, the ANC leads with 114 556 (65.49 %) vot­er sup­port, the DA with 24 453 (13.98 %) and EFF with 20 573 (11.76 %).

In the North West, 417 (24.06 %) vot­ing dis­tricts have com­plet­ed their count­ing. These showed that the ANC was sit­ting at 93 155 (60.31 %) fol­lowed by the EFF at 24 141 (15.63 %) and DA with 19 255 (12.47 %) vot­er sup­port.

The North­ern Cape, where 405 (57.28 %) vot­ing dis­tricts have com­plet­ed their count­ing, had the ANC in the lead with 85 719 (51.80 %) votes, then the DA with 53 852 (32.54 %) and EFF with 11 262 (6.81 %) vot­er sup­port.

These fig­ures are chang­ing as vote-count­ing con­tin­ues on Thurs­day.

Regard­ing two poten­tial instances of dou­ble vot­ing on Elec­tion Day, the IEC has assured vot­ers of the over­all integri­ty of the elec­toral process.

Two sep­a­rate instances have been brought to the atten­tion of the IEC of alleged vot­ers who cast more than one vote at dif­fer­ent vot­ing sta­tions. An inves­ti­ga­tion has since been launched into these inci­dents.

The Com­mis­sion has assured the nation that while inves­ti­ga­tions are under­way, the elec­tion process con­tains a num­ber of checks and safe­guards, which togeth­er serve to pro­tect the integri­ty of the process­es.

These lay­ers of secu­ri­ty include:

  • The vot­ers’ roll, which only allows reg­is­tered vot­ers to vote – and only allows for a sin­gle reg­is­tra­tion per vot­er.
  • The require­ment for vot­ers to pro­duce a valid ID doc­u­ment before they vote.
  • The scan­ning of ID doc­u­ments pri­or to vot­ing.
  • The mark­ing of a voter’s thumb with ink.
  • The com­ple­tion of a form con­tain­ing the details of vot­ers and the sign­ing of a sworn dec­la­ra­tion by vot­ers where they vote at a vot­ing sta­tion at which they are not reg­is­tered.
  • Par­ty agents and observers mon­i­tor­ing all aspects of the vot­ing, count­ing and results cap­tur­ing process.
  • In-built sys­tem-based excep­tion reports for which var­i­ous tol­er­ance lev­els have been set. –gov.za
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