IEC to release final results tomorrow

Friday, May 9, 2014

Pretoria - The Independent Electoral Commission will announce the final results of the 2014 General Elections tomorrow at 6pm, IEC Chairperson Advocate Pansy Tlakula announced on Friday.

“We’ve received four objections submitted in terms of section 155 of the Electoral Act and the Commission will deal with these before we announce the final results at 6pm tomorrow at the Results Operations Centre (ROC),” she said.

The announcement will be broadcast live on SABC2 as well as on various other news channels. Tlakula said they are in the process of finalising the capture of the results in the last few remaining voting districts.

According to Tlakula, the results have been finalised in three provinces - Mpumalanga, Northern Cape and the North West, while in Limpopo 99.9% of ballots have been counted.

“In the remaining provinces, we are on the verge of finalising the results with the outstanding results for just over 400 voting districts,” she said.

Percentages of completeness for each province:

  • Eastern Cape: 99.8%
  • Free State: 94.7%
  • Gauteng: 98.2%
  • Kwazulu-Natal: 98.2%
  • Limpopo: 99. 9%
  • Western Cape: 98.3

“We are also awaiting the delivery of ballots from eight foreign missions for inclusion in the count for the international voting district.

“So far, we’ve captured and finalised 17.69 million national votes and 17.12 million provincial votes,” she said.

Voter turnout

Tlakula said voter turn-out was so far at 73.26%, while for the provinces, it was as follows:

  • Eastern Cape: 70.28%
  • Free State: 72.57%
  • Gauteng: 76.57%
  • Kwazulu-Natal: 76.79%
  • Limpopo: 63.31%
  • Mpumalanga: 75.68%
  • North West: 68.76%
  • Northern Cape: 73.82%
  • Western Cape: 74.23%

Of the votes captured and audited so far, 1.30% was spoilt, which is almost identical to the 2009 election, which recorded 1.31% of spoilt ballots.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance (DA) has broken the four million voter mark, adding 1.1 million new voters to the 2.9 million, who voted for the opposition party in 2009.

The DA has increased its support base from 16.6% in 2009. As at noon on Friday, with 97.62% of national votes counted, the party stood at 22.17%. Party leader Helen Zille said this  shows that the party is growing across South Africa. - SAnews.gov.za

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