Voter turnout could exceed 18m

2014-05-08 20:33

The Independent Electoral Commission expects the voter turnout in this year’s elections to exceed 18 million votes, compared with the 17.9 million cast in 2009.

IEC chief electoral officer Mosotho Moepya said: “Turnout in voting districts captured so far remains steady at 72.85%. At this rate it would seem as if we are on course to see over 18 million votes cast in this national election.”

Moepya was addressing the media on the updated election results, which showed that the Northern Cape had completed counting all its votes by 6pm today.

Gauteng’s results were the slowest to come in, at 49%.

Of all the votes counted thus far, 1.37% were spoilt ballots, a figure which would change once all the votes had been tallied.

Moepya said the IEC was investigating reports that ballot boxes, which were cast in favour of the DA, were found on the side of the road in Pretoria’s Lynnwood area where a temporary polling station had been erected.

The commission was also probing ballot boxes found at a house in Alexandra, Joburg.

By 6pm this evening over 12.6m votes had been captured out of 25.3 million registered voters.

More than 70% of all voting districts had been captured by 6pm with the results showing the ANC in the lead followed by the DA and then the EFF.

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