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First Day: ballot tallying as of now achieved half mark 

At 11:48 pm of the first day of vote-counting on Thursday, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) website showed 69, 32 percent of voting districts completed.

The top three parties, the African National Congress is driving at 6 187 246 votes, converting into 56, 60 percent.

Democratic Alliance pursued with 2 262 320 votes, translating into 22, 52 percent.

In the third position is the Economic Freedom Fighters with 1 078 829 votes at 9, 87 percent.

At 16:11, an all-out 233 013 votes cast in the Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality, which is home to the capital city, had been tallied, of which 1 754 were spoilt.

In the City of Johannesburg, with a total registered population of 2 291 299 people, a total of 395 556 votes had been tallied by 16:11, with a total of 3489 spoilt votes.

In the sister Metro of Ekurhuleni, which boast a total of registered population of 1 631 056, an absolute 443 528 votes were checked by 16:16, while 4 632 votes were spoilt.

The Free State’s Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality had a registered population of 425 263. A total of 61 828 votes had been checked at 16:16, while 514 votes were spoilt.

The Nelson Mandela Bay Metro in the Eastern Cape saw a total 226 352 votes having been tallied, with 2 724 votes spoilt.

In the interim, Buffalo City – which had a registered population of 421 247 – a total of 34 893 votes being tallied, while 430 were spoilt.

The City of Cape Town in the Western Cape had a total of 708 997 votes tallied over the entirety of its casting a ballot regions, with a total of 6 298 spoilt votes.

In the eThekwini Metro in KwaZulu-Natal, a total of 76 282 votes were counted at 16:33, with 1 062 spoilt votes

At 18: 30pm on Thursday the Electoral Commission had completed the results from 13 731 of the 22 924 voting stations (59.89 percent) totaling 8.9 million votes.

The Commission said they had captured Results from a further 2 577 voting stations and  awaiting audit and finalisation.

It said leading the way in capturing results was the Northern Cape with 94.48 percent

It was followed by the Western Cape (89.8 percent), Eastern Cape (85.1 percent), Mpumalanga (79.96 percent) and North West (75.47 percent)

Provinces with the most results still awaiting capture were KwaZulu-Natal (44.84 percent outstanding).

Limpopo (43.18 percent outstanding), Free State (33.62 percent outstanding) and Gauteng (30.86 percent outstanding)

Of the 8.9 million votes captured by 18h30pm,  329 936 (3.70 percent) were special votes.

Spoilt ballots were of 120 172 (1.35 percent)

Based on the results captured to date, voter turnout was sitting at 65.36 percent nationally with the highest turnout reported in Gauteng (71.88 percent)

Limpopo is the lowest with (58.37 percent).

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