Agang yet to win a seat

2014-05-08 14:08

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) says counting has been completed in more than half of the country’s 22 263 voting stations by midday.

IEC chairperson Pansy Tlakula said most of the counting had been completed in smaller voting districts and municipalities, and that the 7.55 million votes counted amounted to less than 30% of the total number of possible votes.

At the time of writing, the ANC had more than 5.3 million votes. The DA had more than 1.9 million and the Economic Freedom Fighters had more than 400 000. Cope still had one parliamentary seat and Agang SA was still battling to secure its first seat.

The leading province in terms of capturing and auditing votes is the Northern Cape at 89%, followed by the Western Cape at 79%, Tlakula said. Gauteng was lagging behind at 18%, and the metro votes were still outstanding.

Some voting stations yesterday ran out of ballot papers, which had to be replenished, and Tlakula said this was because one in 10 voters had voted outside their registered voting district.

A few glitches were also reported.

These include an incident in Tzaneen, Limpopo, where people posing as voters entered a voting station and attacked the police, election officials and voting agents before damaging voting materials. Tlakula said two people had been arrested in connection with the incident.

Two people were shot in KwaDukuza and KwaMashu in KwaZulu-Nata.

The police also found an abandoned ballot box on the side of the road in Springs,south of Joburg, and were busy investigating the matter.

City Press has learnt that ANC agents were taken hostage at an operational centre in Alexendra, allegedly by Inkatha Freedom Party supporters. The situation has since been resolved.

Tlakula said the reported irregularities were isolated and did not affect the credibility of the polls.

The counting of overseas votes had started, but not all of them had been received from the country’s overseas missions.

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