Elections results to be made known on Saturday

Friday, April 24, 2009

Pretoria - The Independent Electoral Commission is expected to announce the results of the 2009 national and provincial elections on Saturday afternoon.

"We know that the nation is waiting, but it does not have to wait too long," said IEC Chairperson Brigalia Bam during a briefing at the Results Operation Centre in Pretoria.

However, this will depend on a number of objections which have been received from various parties. In terms of the Electoral Act, political parties may raise objections with the commission if they feel they were unfairly prejudiced in any way.

The commission said it was currently considering 12 objections submitted by three parties, namely the Democratic Alliance, the Congress of the People and the Inkatha Freedom Party.

The commission said once fully considered, it would communicate its decisions to the relevant parties.

Counting has been completed in about 94.34 percent of voting districts nationally. This translates into 18 618 voting districts out of a total of 19 734 districts.

Ms Bam said the IEC employees and volunteers have done very well.

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