ANC moving steadily towards two thirds mark

Friday, April 24, 2009

Pretoria - With only 22.68 percent of votes still to be counted, the African National Congress (ANC) is moving slowly but surely to maintain its two thirds majority rule.

At just after 5:30am on Friday, the ANC had an overwhelming 8 353 774 votes of the over 12 million votes counted.

With a total of 77.32 percent of the votes counted, party agents, reporters and election analysts who have been spending sleepless nights at the Results Operation Centre were looking exhausted.

The counting of results in all voting districts is expected to be completed by midday, today.

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has completed the counting process in the Eastern Cape and Northern Cape. By Friday morning all results for Mpumalanga and Western Cape should be in.

According to the IEC if counting proceeds as expected, final tallies for the North West, Limpopo and Free State will become available during Friday.

It is expected that final results from KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng will come in last on Friday.

Parties have until 9pm on Friday to lodge objections to the IEC regarding the outcomes.

Based on the relatively few issues raised by parties so far, it is expected that the IEC will be able to resolve all outstanding matters by Saturday afternoon.

If all outstanding objections are resolved by this time, the IEC should be able to make the final results announcement by Saturday evening.