Over 90 percent of vote's tallied

Friday, April 24, 2009

Pretoria - Over 90 percent of the votes cast in South Africa's fourth democratic elections have been counted.

"About 94.34 percent of the voting districts have been completed nationally," Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) Chairperson Brigalia Bam said during a briefing at the Results Operation Centre a short while ago.

"We are happy that we are giving you this update of what we have done so far. Definitely it will be completed by this evening," said Ms Bam.

She said that the IEC may declare the results of the 2009 results by tomorrow, pending the resolution of objections made by political parties.

The commission is currently considering 12 objections launched by parties including the Democratic Alliance, Congress of the People and the Inkatha Freedom Party.

"Once fully considered, which is the process now that is going on, the commission will communicate the decision to the relevant parties," she explained.

The Eastern Cape as well as the Northern Cape has completed their tallying of the votes. The Eastern Cape has completed the counting of votes at its 4483 districts while the Northern Cape has completed the counting of its 626 districts.

The African National Congress (ANC) has dominated the Eastern Cape with 69.7 percent of the votes followed by the Congress of the People with 13.31 percent.

In the Northern Cape, the ANC stands at 61.1 percent of the votes followed by the African Christian Democratic Alliance at 15.94 percent of the votes.

In the Free State, 73 voting districts are still to be captured while in Gauteng, which has the biggest voter population, a total 198 districts are still outstanding.

In Mpumalanga one voter district is still outstanding out of a total 1377 total voter districts.

Hotly contested between the DA and ANC, 270 districts out of a total 1542 are still outstanding.

Earlier on Friday, the IEC said it had not received any objections pertaining to the running of the elections. However, Chief Electoral Officer Advocate Pansy Tlakula explained that parties have until Friday night to launch objections.

She declined to disclose the types of objections raised by the parties. "I cannot disclose its an ongoing matter, we don't deal with objections, they're dealt with by the commission," said Ms Tlakula.

Voter turnout remained at 77 percent though the commission was still awaiting the full results.
The IEC has until April 29 to announce the results of the polls.