FILE: Ballot papers. (Thulani Gqirana, News24)
Pretoria – The IEC on Thursday said marked ballots found in Nelson Mandela Bay were critical to the election process.
"Should there be an interest to recount, we need to have those ballot papers available," deputy chief electoral officer Mosotho Simon Moepya said.
Moepya said the marked ballots found exposed in a tent at the regional results centre were where they were supposed to be.
"When you bring the result slips, you also bring the marked ballots," he said.
He said they were committed to keeping the ballots safe.
Moepya said 92.7% of the overall votes had been captured, but only 83.33% had gone through the auditing and scanning process.
He said the IEC hoped that by late Thursday 90% of the votes would have gone through the whole process, adding that 16.7% were still outstanding.
He said the IEC was expected to have calculated all results by early Friday evening.
Vote counting in Nelson Mandela Bay was currently 91.3% complete, but the IEC was working hard in that part of the country to finalise it by Thursday evening.
Results in the other metros would be declared during the course of the day on Friday.
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