At least 96% of votes captured as IEC closes in on final results
The IEC said on Wednesday it had made significant strides in capturing the municipal election results as 79% of the expected results have now been finalised.
The commission’s general manager on electoral matters, Granville Abrahams, said 96.9% of results were already in the system awaiting scanning and auditing.
“This means of the 64,502 results expected, 62,500 have been captured into the results system. Of the 62,161 results captured, 53,209 have been scanned into an image and thus are available," he said.
He was giving an update at the national results centre in Pretoria on Wednesday, saying he was confident that the commission would meet its Thursday deadline of releasing final audited results.
As at 4.25pm, the IEC's results dashboard showed the ANC leading with 46.19% support across the country, followed by the DA with 21.80% and the EFF with 10.30%.
The results are showing clear patterns in SA’s big cities — patterns that show a high likelihood of coalitions in six of SA's eight metros.
Some political parties, including the DA and ActionSA, have come out to declare and celebrate their victories in different parts of the country. The commission has condemned the "lawlessness" of this as it was yet to release final, audited results.
IEC's Dr Nomsa Masuku said: "It is a practice that we saw in 2019 and it is unfortunate that we're seeing it again. I do not know whether we are going to continue being those kinds of people who would prefer to be lawless and so on. It is something that we frown upon and we hope people do not do it, it is not fair."
The commission announced that the completion rate of results in the Northern Cape was at 95.5%, 88% in the Eastern Cape, Western Cape at 83%, Mpumalanga 85.4% and the Free State is at 87%.
The completion rate in the rest of the provinces ranges between 6% and 80% .
“As previously indicated, the commission remains committed to finalising results expeditiously while ensuring that all necessary verifications are enforced,” said Abrahams.
Of the country's 257 municipalities, the commission said it had finalised results in 139 municipalities.