Election results: 60% of votes have been counted, reports IEC
With just over 60% of the votes counted, the ANC currently sits at 56.84%, the DA at 22.53% and the EFF at 9.76%.
The provinces with the most results yet to be captured are KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, the Free State and Gauteng.
The Northern Cape currently has captured the most votes at 94.48%, followed by the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga and the North West province.
Source: IEC Source: Original
ANC elections head, Fikile Mbalula, has arrived at the IEC Results Centre and says that the party is humbled by the results thus far.
May 09 19:03 PM
Election results: ACM, Land Party and others call for re-election
The African Content Movement, Black First Land First, the Land Party and the Socialist Revolutionary Workers Party have all reportedly joined forces to demand action is taken over discrepancies during yesterday's election.
Phakamile Hlubi-Majola, spokesman for the Socialist Revolutionary Workers Party, commented that:
"All of these discrepancies cannot be ignored. The IEC has said that it is conducting investigations were it will will take samples. We wonder if investigations will provide answers by Saturday. We are asked to endorse a system which is flawed."
Political analyst, Ralph Mathekga, says that the IEC must act swiftly to clarify issues around the irregularities:
"The IEC must step up to clarify these issues. They need to establish the facts expeditiously so that you don't allow rumours to gather and gain momentum. I don't think we can say that the elections were rigged, but we also shouldn't dismiss the smaller parties just because they are small."
May 09 18:31 PM
Election results: Smaller parties claim election was unfair, ask IEC to act
Smaller political parties feel that the elections were unfair and have called on the IEC to intervene.
Led by Mzawanele Manyi, ACM party head, the group has gathered at the front of the IEC's results centre, adamant that issues such as the allegations of double voting cannot be ignored.
According to News24, the parties felt that the media had focused on the three main political parties and have called for an election.
Among the demands are reportedly a small parties government grant as they felt the playing field was unfair.
Manyi claims that the process has been so fraught with irregularities that it is no longer credible.
"Even if we got 0 votes, we’d accept the outcome if the process was credible. Right now we are giving legitimacy to a very fraught process. My finger is clean, yet I voted. I reported it but nothing gets done about it. We want an investigation and a re-run that will be done under clean governance."
May 09 16:35 PM
Election results: The EFF may become the opposition party in 3 provinces
With voting just over halfway finished the ANC looks set to emerge as the victors of yesterday's election.
However, one party has managed to carve out some good news in the wake of the results - the Economic Freedom Fighters.
The party, led by Julius Malema, stands to become the opposition party in three provinces namely Mpumalanga, the North West and the party's stronghold, Limpopo.
Election Results Source: IEC Source: Original
While the final results will determine the EFF's true success, the party has managed to secure second place in the regions.
May 09 15:53 PM
Election results: Where things stand as counting reaches halfway mark
As counting reaches the halfway mark the results are on point with predictions with the ANC sitting at 56.61%.
The Democratic Alliance has managed to retain their position as the opposition party with 23.37% and the EFF has enjoyed an increase in support with 9.38%.
Source: IEC Source: Original
May 09 15:05 PM
Election results: IEC announces that votes will be audited after 'double votes'
The IEC has announced that it will be conducting an urgent audit of the election results in a sample of voting stations.
This comes as arrests were made over incidents where voters cast their ballots multiple times.
According to the IEC, this process was endorsed by political parties in liaison with the commission earlier today.
In a statement released in the wake of the incident, the commission outlined how the process would be conducted:
"The audit will involve the capture of information showing the ID numbers of voters who cast votes at each voting station from the “zip-zip” scanners and completed VEC 4 forms. This data will then be cross-referenced and compared to identify any instances of multiple voting to help establish scientifically whether such instances were isolated or systemic and what the material impact is, if any, to the results."
The Commission said that any attempt to vote more than once leaves a footprint on the entire process and the arrested suspects were tracked down using this information.
The IEC also confirmed that an investigation has begun into the effectiveness of the indelible ink marker pens.
As far as the validity of the results of the election, the IEC assured South Africa that every precaution is being taken:
"Meanwhile the results capture and verification process continues and the Electoral Commission gives its assurance to South Africa that it will only announce results for elections where it is 100 percent confident in the integrity and legitimacy of those results. The Commission calls on political parties, the media and all South Africans to show patience, calm and restraint as the process to ensure confidence is undertaken."
May 09 14:54 PM
Election results: 20 arrests in KwaZulu-Natal over 'double voting'
Twenty people have been arrested in KwaZulu-Natal for voting more than once, according to IEC officials.
Arrests were made in Port Shepstone, Hluhluwe and Dandhause according to deputy-electoral officer, Mawethu Mosery.
According to Mosery police had swiftly arrested the perpetrators after investigations began late last night.
Nineteen people were arrested in three KwaZulu-Natal municipalities for "double voting", provincial Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) officials said on Thursday afternoon.
According to News24, the illicit votes will still be counted as there was no way to distinguish them from the others:
"They are all in a pile and all look the same. It is not like it is cast in an envelope or something identifiable. It is impossible to find those votes. Political parties will make decisions on that aspect."
The official said that political parties who wished to challenge the issue should lodge an objection by 17:00 tomorrow.
May 09 13:13 PM
Election results: Democratic Alliance calls for full audit of results
The Democratic Alliance has called for a full audit of all voting stations after numerous complaints were lodged with the IEC.
James Selfe, federal council chair for the party, says that there were multiple incidents that pointed to glitches in the voting system:
"We don't know whether it's material or not, but what we do know is that there were more than a dozen stories of people who have managed to easily obtain second ballots."
Selfe says that one of the party's MPs had proven that she was able to vote numerous times and this is something the DA cannot allow:
" It's clearly an unsatisfactory situation and one that we cannot allow to go through, because clearly there is going to be doubts about the outcomes unless an audit is done."
Opposition parties have raised numerous issues, including voting stations that closed, a severe shortage of ballot papers and easily-removable verification ink.
Mosotho Moepya, IEC commissioner, responded to the matter during a media briefing last night:
"The commission views these allegations in the most serious light and has launched investigations into these incidents. Fortunately, the election process contains a number of checks and safeguards which, together, serve to protect the integrity of the process."
May 09 11:59 AM
Election results: EFF and DA battle it out on Provincial level
With the vote count slowly inching towards the 40% mark the ANC has emerged as a clear victor in yesterday's elections.
While numerous large cities across the country have yet to be included in the results, one can already take a peek at the situation to get an idea of what is happening at a provincial level.
Briefly.co.za has a look at which parties are coming out on top in South Africa's 9 provinces:
In this province the ANC has taken the lead with over 61% of the vote. The Democratic Alliance and the EFF are battling out for the position of opposition party with the DA at 39 066 votes and the EFF at 24 027.
While the two parties differ by around 7%, only 32.8% of the votes for this region have been tallied.
Free State Results IEC Source: Original
This province was one of the most-contested in this years election with the most political parties taking part.
The DA is hoping to bring the ANC below 50% in the region with the intention of taking control through coalitions.
While the ruling party currently sits at 51.04%, only 23.67% of the votes have been counted.
Gauteng Results IEC Source: Original
Once again the ANC holds the firm majority in this province. However, the IFP has managed to retain their place as the opposition party in the area, coming in at 19.13% as opposed to 12.38%.
KwaZulu-Natal Results IEC Source: Original
This province has shown the ruling party a great deal of support with it emerging victorious at just over 67%.
Where the real contest lies is between the DA and the EFF, which are currently neck-and-neck with only a 0.59% difference between them.
Mpumalanga Results IEC Source: Original
The ANC is currently in the lead with 62.66% and almost 200 000 votes. The EFF has managed to secure second place with 17.10%.
The Democratic Alliance lags behind with 10.76% of the vote.
North West Results IEC Source: Original
Once again the ruling party has emerged victorious, with the Democratic Alliance coming in second with 28.04% and the EFF following with 8.53% of the vote.
Northern Cape Results IEC Source: Original
This province has shown the ANC the most love as things currently stand, with 75.77% support.
However, the region is well-known as an EFF stronghold and not for nothing. The red berets have managed to secure 12.11% with the DA coming in at only 6.34%
Limpopo Results IEC Source: Original
The Democratic Alliance has managed to retain their grip on the province, scoring 56.52% of the vote.
The ANC comes in a clear second with 27.65% and 285 491 votes. Where things are set to get interesting is between the EFF and GOOD.
The latter was founded by former DA official, Patricia de Lille, who resigned from the party late in 2018. The party is neck-and-neck with the red berets in the region, with only a 0.12% difference between them.
Western Cape Results IEC Source: Original
This area has nominated the ANC to lead with 68.71% of voter support thus far. They are followed by the DA with 17.64% and the EFF at 6.82%
Eastern Cape Results IEC Source: Original
May 09 11:12 AM
Election results: ANC in lead followed by DA, EFF with third of votes counted
One-third of the votes cast during yesterday's elections have been counted and the ANC has managed to retain their majority.
The ruling party currently stands at 55.9% nationally with nearly 2.4 million votes. The Democratic Alliance has managed to garner 25.68% of South African ballots with the EFF following with 8.64%
However, with less than half of the votes tallied, hotly contested municipalities are still up for grabs.
Election results: IEC Source: Original
The Gauteng province was touted as one of the most-contested regions in the country. The Democratic Alliance is hoping to bring the ruling party below 50% in the economic hub with the intentions of governing through a coalition.
With large townships yet to be counted, only time will tell if this will come to pass or if the ANC will manage to secure the region.
May 09 9:51 AM
Election results: ANC inches toward 56% with DA and EFF growing
Over 3.5 million valid votes were cast in yesterday's election and the ANC is taking the lead with 55.03% of support.
The Democratic Alliance remains the opposition party with 25.96% of the votes and the EFF comes in third with 8.34%.
However, only 28.3% of the voting districts have been completed with chance for growth on all sides.
Source IEC Source: Original
According to News24, the ANC is predicting to come in below 60% which will secure the majority for the ruling party.
Nevertheless the support is expected to be reduced from the previous elections in 2014.
May 09 9:33 AM
Democratic Alliance lodges 60 objections with IEC as ANC leads
The Democratic Alliance has lodged 60 objections and 2 500 complaints against the election results.
These will be discussed with the IEC this morning with a meeting expected to take place soon according to eNCA.
This comes as numerous parties follow suit. Deidre Carter, COPE Member of Parliament, reportedly has evidence of how simple it would be to vote more than once.
As things stand, the ANC is firmly in the lead with 54.92% of the vote, with the DA following with 26.18% and the EFF coming in third with 8.19%.
A quarter of the total votes have been counted thus far, just over 3 million out of the valid ballots.
The VF Plus has surprisingly managed to garner 3.21%, followed by the IFP, which managed to secure 1.59%.
Election live vote results: Source IEC Source: Depositphotos
May 09 9:24 AM
Election results: ANC thanks voters as results place them firmly in the lead
The ANC has issued a statement thanking millions of South Africans who took the time to cast their votes in yesterday's elections.
The party acknowledged that, despite bad weather conditions in some areas, people braved the weather to exercise their democratic right.
The ruling party took to social media to show off the current result with President Cyril Ramaphosa commenting:
“I am excitingly confident. The response of our people to voting is amazing. The nation and our people are energised to cast their vote and they can see that with their vote, they are heralding a new dawn. A new beginning-period of renewal.”
May 09 7:44 AM
21.15% of national votes counted and captured
A total of 2 417 603 valid votes have been counted, while 32 451 votes have been spoilt. 4 848 of the 22 925 voting districts' votes have been captured.
At present, the ANC has 54.71% of the voter share.
The party has 1 322 677 votes in its favour.
The DA currently has 26.41% of the voter share, or 638 378 votes in its favour.
The EFF has 7.98% of the votes, with 192 894 votes in the party's favour.
At this stage, 21.15% of the national vote has been captured. Image source: IEC Source: Depositphotos
May 09 7:29 AM
Early results show major victory for DA in Western Cape
Early results show the DA is set for a major victory in the Western Cape. Preliminary results show the DA in the Western Cape is currently sitting with 57.51% of the voter share, while the ANC has 26.23% and GOOD has 3.45%.
At this stage, 38.25% of the district's votes have been counted.
The DA looks set for a major victory in the Western Cape. Image source: IEC Source: Depositphotos
May 09 6:55 AM
18.52% of national votes counted and captured.
The ANC remains in the lead. Currently, the party has a 53.89% of the voters' share.
The DA has a 27.14% of the voter share, followed by the EFF, with 7.83%.
2 019 557 valid votes have been counted, while 26 839 votes were spoilt.
Preliminary results indicate that the ANC remains in the lead. Image source: IEC Source: Depositphotos
May 09 6:25 AM
16.66% of votes counted, ANC still in the lead
The IEC's database indicated that 16.66% of the national votes have been counted.
The ANC is still in the lead, with a 53.35% share of the votes, followed by the DA, with a 27.66% share of the vote, and the EFF, with a 7.68% share of the vote.
3820 of the 22 925 voting station's votes have been counted so far.
May 09 6:10 AM
The CSIR predicts a 6% loss of votes for the ANC
It looks like the ANC might lose support, according to the CSIR's predictions.
May 09 5:58 AM
EFF holds its own in Limpopo and North West
In the provincial legislature race in Limpopo, the ANC leads, with 68.72%, while the EFF comes in second, with 12.17% of votes, followed by the DA, with 10.77% of the votes.
At this stage, only 6.02% of the district's votes have been counted.
EFF sees strong support in Limpopo. Image source: IEC Source: Depositphotos
In the North West's provincial legislature race, the ANC leads with 69 797 votes, followed by the EFF with 18 237 votes, then the DA, with 15 560 votes.
19.79% of the votes in the province have been counted so far.
The EFF enjoys great support in the North West. Image source: IEC Source: Depositphotos
May 09 5:44 AM
ANC leads: 14.45% of national votes counted
Election results 2019: The ANC has received 751 557 votes (53.05%), the DA has received 397 500 votes (28.06%) and the EFF received 107 292 (7.57%) votes so far.
14.45% of the votes have been counted so far. The ANC remains in the lead. Image source: IEC Source: Depositphotos
The ANC leads with 52.61%, the DA comes in with 28.61% and the EFF with 7.43%.
Image source: IEC Source: Depositphotos
May 09 4:58 AM
KwaZulu-Natal proves it's still a staunch IFP province
While Mangosutho Buhelezi made a u-turn late yesterday on his retirement plans, it seems KZN voters came out in full force to support the IFP.
According to the IEC's election results at present, the IFP is currently in second standing in the province, with a 19.4% vote against the ANC's 57.09%. The DA comes in third, with a total vote of 12.45% Only .3.42% of the district's votes have been counted though, which means the results can still change.
Image source: IEC Source: Depositphotos
May 09 4:40 AM
Provincial preliminary results
May 09 4:34 AM
10.51% of total votes counted so far
The IEC updated its database to confirm that 10.51% of the national votes have been counted.
At present, the ANC leads with 52.3%, followed by the DA at 28.73% and finally, the EFF at 7.18% in the election results.
10.51% of the votes have been counted. Image source: IEC Source: Depositphotos
May 09 4:14 AM
A look back at the previous general election results
As South Africa waits for more election results to come in, Briefly.co.za takes a look at the previous general election results.
A look at the 2014 election result. Image credit: IEC Source: Depositphotos
May 09 4:02 AM
Election results - a map of the counted votes so far
So far, 684 038 votes have been counted. A total of 9 245 votes have been spoilt.
Only 2 033 of the 26 756 voting district's votes have been counted at present.
A map of the election results thus far. Image source: IEC Source: Depositphotos
May 09 3:49 AM
IEC says integrity of results of paramount importance
May 09 3:28 AM
Election results slowly trickling in
6.63% of votes have been counted thus far.
May 09 3:19 AM
Election results slowly trickling in
Provincial results are slowly starting to trickle in. More results will start coming in this morning until later today.