Almost 3 million votes already counted in South Africa before 9am

Almost 3 million votes already counted in South Africa before 9am

- More than 4 million votes have been counted, with 3 million already having been tallied by 9am

- The IEC has also assured the public that the integrity of the elections has not been compromised

- The commission added that it would be investigating claims of voting fraud

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As of 9am this morning, almost 3 million votes had already been counted.

The number has steadily increased since then, but the ANC has remained in the lead with around 55%.

The DA follows with roughly 24%, accounting for some fluctuations throughout the day.

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The EFF lies in third place with around 8%, follow by Freedom Front Plus with 3.7 and the IFP with 1.4%.

Despite some complaints, the IEC has said that it has largely been a smooth election. The only major concerns have been complaints that the indelible ink used to mark voters' thumbs was easy to remove, as well as some allegations of multiple voting.

The IEC has said that it will be launching an investigation into these claims. However, it assured the public that the integrity of the election had not been undermined, according to the Mail & Guardian. 

The IEC has also said that it has procedures in place in case any election fraud or other serious irregularities are encountered.

For example, they will quarantine the result of that voting station and then pursue criminal charges against those responsible for the fraud.

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The vote counting is set to continue throughout the day, with final results likely to only be available on Friday at the earliest, has gathered.

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