IEC buzzing as results filter in

2011-05-19 08:03

Pretoria - As dawn broke over the SA on Thursday, journalists and politicians closely watched a large screen at the IEC's results centre in Pretoria displaying updated local government elections results.

Some who spent the entire night at the centre refilled their cups of coffee, in an attempt to keep their eyes open.

ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said the party had suffered from “high blood pressure” since Wednesday evening, when the numbers were “going up and down”.

“There are some of us who have not slept the entire evening… I had about an hour's rest,” Mthembu said, whilst having a cup of coffee and biscuits.

He said even though it was still early, and results from major metros had not filtered in, the party was confident of doing well.

“The numbers seem to be stabilising… We think that other smaller parties are being gobbled up, but we seem to be retaining our support base.”

Asked when the party would make public the cost of campaigning, Mthembu said “that would not be made public... maybe not even in the next year. We will have to discuss that with our NEC first. We are likely to make a declaration in member meetings… it's difficult to put a time frame on it.”

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