First voting results: Ding-dong, ANC leads

2014-05-07 23:13

The first results of the 2014 elections put the ANC firmly in the lead with 148 votes, with the opposition parties trailing in single figures.

Independent Electoral Commission chairperson Pansy Tlakula announced the first results, from Umzimvubu in Mount Ayliff in the Eastern Cape, one hour 45 minutes after the 9pm close of polling stations today.

Results are announced with a “ding-dong” before they appear on the large screens in the national results centre in Pretoria.

Traditionally the results from Robben Island, which has 70 registered voters, are the first to come in.

In the national votes cast at the Umzimvubu polling station, the Economic Freedom Fighters is in an early second place, with a mere five votes, the DA third with three votes, the UDM fourth with two votes, and the PAC and APC in joint last place with one vote each.

The national and provincial results will start trickling in slowly overnight, and faster by Thursday afternoon and Friday morning. By Friday afternoon there should be a clear indication of what the final results will be, and it is expected that the results will be officially declared on Saturday.

Speaking at a press conference late this evening, Tlakula said she was proud that the first results came in before midnight.

“If I was in my village I would have ululated,” she said.

She said counting of the ballot papers would continue throughout the night and tomorrow.

“The electoral commission would like to thank South African voters who showed patience, tolerance and dignity in exercising their right to vote today,” she said.

Tlakula said no serious incidents had been reported and the IEC was very pleased with the way voting proceeded.

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