Battle for Gauteng rages on

2014-05-08 08:38

Gauteng represents a major prize for political parties but, by this morning, the slow pace of vote counting meant that no definite conclusions could be drawn from the results.

Results were coming in at the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) National Results Operations Centre (NROC) in Pretoria after the national and provincial elections yesterday.

Overall, for a province with 6 063 739 registered voters, 297 950 national ballot and 284 898 provincial ballot votes had been counted by 7.26am.

On the national ballot, the ANC had won 160 151 votes, the DA 93 192 and the Economic Freedom Fighters 24 223.

Looking at the provincial ballot, the ANC had received 149 778 votes, the DA 94 270 and EFF 23 479 votes.

A major reason for the low number of votes was that no data was available yet for the City of Johannesburg, the country’s most populous metropolitan area, while Tshwane metro, with 1 456 362 registered voters of its own, had only seen fewer than 1 500 votes counted by 7.26am.

Emfuleni municipality, south of the City of Johannesburg, was also proportionately slow, as only 13 772 national votes and 13 511 had been counted from a base of 358 891 voters.

Ekurhuleni, with 1 547 459 registered voters, had yet to cross the 10% mark when it came to votes counted.

Mogale City, Lesedi, Randfontein, Midvaal, Westonaria and Merafong City – other municipalities in Gauteng beyond the three large metros – were much closer or over the national rate of vote counting, given their smaller sizes.

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