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10-May-2019 17:36:00

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10 May 21:55
10 May 21:55
10 May 21:44

Too early to call COPE's time of death, says Lekota

Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota is not ready to call the party's time of death. Instead, he believes the party will be resuscitated after a poor performance in the elections. In what has shaped up to be Cope's worst performance since their formation in 2008, by Friday evening the party was fighting for one seat in Parliament in terms of votes.

10 May 21:43

BREAKING: DA man in hot water for representing small parties against IEC

Hans-Jurie Moolman, a DA councillor from Tlokwe in Potchefstroom, is the instructing attorney for 35 small political parties that are threatening the IEC to force a rerun of the election. The DA is not part of the legal action and the party has told News24 that Moolman is conflicted by acting for the small parties.

10 May 20:56
10 May 20:48
Mashinini says the IEC’s plan is to discharge its responsibilities as set out (i.e. declare the results as soon as commissioners have pronounced on any objections & complaints).
10 May 20:44
Manshini says they don’t intend on holding SA back and they will declare the results once they have them.
10 May 20:44
10 May 20:42
10 May 20:38
10 May 20:37
IEC says their lawyers are busy addressing the the legal challenge by other parties over the credibility of the elections.
10 May 20:31
The IEC says that those who were arrested, were arrested for attempting to vote for a second time, not because they voted twice.
10 May 20:29
Janet Love says the IEC is 'disappointed' by the conduct of some parties who broke the electoral code but it has written to all party leaders.
10 May 20:28
10 May 20:27
Police are now clarifying on double votes. He says 17 suspects attempted to vote twice, but were caught before they could cast their votes.
10 May 20:25
IEC has also expressed concern of disorderly conduct by some political parties at the ROC. These are the smaller parties that are unhappy with the results.
10 May 20:22
Mamabolo says that by midnight, the 779 outstanding voting districts will be concluded.
10 May 20:22
Chief Electoral Officer Sy Mamabolo says that Gaunteng still has 433 voting districts to conclude.
10 May 20:19
10 May 19:37

Complaints raised not enough to taint elections - Nelson Mandela Foundation

While this year's elections had some setbacks, the overall results were free and fair. This is according to Nelson Mandela Foundation CEO, Sello Hatong and Jacky Seroke from the National Foundations Dialogue Initiative, who addressed the media at the IEC's national results operations centre in Tshwane on Friday.

10 May 19:37

More threats of court action from small parties, who have earned around 400 000 votes collectively

A lawyer's letter sent to the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) by a group of smaller parties has alleged the elections were not free nor credible. News24 has seen the letter, sent to the IEC on Friday, which seeks to emphasise official objections lodged by the same parties with the IEC.

10 May 18:53

JUST IN: 

Snapshot of Gauteng as of 6:47pm:

Gauteng has reached 80% mark. 

2247 out of the 2 771 voting districts have been counted. 

ANC still leads with over 1 million votes (50.86%) 

DA has 916 969 (27.15%)

The EFF is still in third position with 486 204 (14.38%) - Canny Maphanga

10 May 17:57

The letter sets out the reasons why the parties do not believe the 2019 election was free and fair as a result of “various irregularities”, including:

-  Instances of persons who voted multiple times;

-  Voting stations opened late, and one not at all;

-  Voting stations ran out of ballot papers, with voters being asked to come back later;

-   Many indelible ink pens did not work and could be rubbed off easily;

-   Scanners at voting districts not working - Kyle Cowan

10 May 17:54

If the IEC refuses to do so, the letter sets out that the attorneys will approach the Electoral Court to seek an order compelling the IEC to appoint the auditor and furthermore interdict the IEC from declaring the outcome of the election.

News24 has seen the letter, sent to the IEC on Friday, which seeks to emphasise official objections lodged by the same parties with the IEC. If the IEC refuses to do so, the letter says that the attorneys will approach the Electoral Court to seek an order compelling the IEC to appoint the auditor and furthermore interdict the IEC from declaring the outcome of the election.

10 May 17:52

BREAKING: 

Smaller parties have threatened to interdict the IEC's results announcement unless it appoints an independent results auditor by 11am on Saturday morning. - Kyle Cowan

10 May 17:43

JUST IN: 

The IEC's chief electoral officer will provide an update to the media on the vote counting process tonight at 8pm. Media and parties will be hoping for clarity on when the voting process is expected to be finalised as well as how far their sample audit is. 

10 May 17:28
10 May 17:26

Meanwhile, over at the IEC results centre floor, the BLF says it was robbed ... 

10 May 16:56

BREAKING: Two arrested for video on "double voting" - SAPS

FULL STATEMENT:

Media statement issued by the national Joint Operational and Intelligence Struture 

Two arrested for video on "double voting" 

Pretoria : 10 May 2019 - Two people, a journalist and a woman have been arrested after a video was posted claiming that they have cast votes more than once.On the day of the elections, 8 May 2019 Etienne Mare (52) posted a video claiming that he was on his way to vote for a second time after hearing from Malinda Halloway (57) that she had been "able to do so herself".

The Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (JOINTS), in a statement yesterday, promised that all of the social media postings in which people claimed to have voted more than once will be investigated and culprits brought to book.

Today, members for the South African Police Service in Mpumalanga were able to track down the suspects and arrested them.Both Mare and Halloway appeared in the Barberton Magistrates Court today on charges of contravening Section 88 (d) Voting more than once, Section 89 (i)(a) Intentional making a false statement, alt fraud and Section 90(2)(a) Infringement of secrecy.

The arrest of these two suspects brings the total to 24 the number of suspects arrested for the alleged contravention of Electrate Act pertaining to attempted double votes and double votes.These 24 include 17 from Danhauser, 2 from Hluhluwe, one from Izingolweni, one from Sawoti one from Douglas dale and now the two from Barberton.

On the question of the alleged "double votes", that is a matter under investigation by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC).We request anyone with information on such contrventions to contact our Crime Stop number 08600 10111. Callers may remain anonymous and all information will be treated with strictest confidence. Enquiries : Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo

10 May 16:53
10 May 16:51

THREAD:

Meanwhile, back at the IEC's results board... our news editor Sheldon Morais breaks down the results: 

10 May 16:49
10 May 16:49

WATCH: News24 ed and senior political reporter Pieter du Toit and Tshidi Madia unpack Magashule's interview: 

WATCH LIVE: Final stretch as vote counting hits 90%. Here's who won what

All the latest news and analysis from the Electoral Commission of SA's national results centre in Pretoria. Watch live.

10 May 16:42
10 May 16:40
Motsoeneng: "That shows that if I go and work I am going to get numbers in all those provinces. Those numbers there are misleading. They rig our numbers because I know that ... we were supposed to sit at around 40 000."
10 May 16:39
Motsoeneng: "I’m very happy that a movement that has been here for just four months, we have done very well. The reality is I could not reach each and every corner. But the numbers come from every province – I have never campaigned in those provinces."
10 May 16:37

WATCH: Hlaudi Motsoeneng tells News24 that his party should have gotten at least 40 000 votes and that the election was rigged. 

WATCH LIVE: Final stretch as vote counting hits 90%. Here's who won what

All the latest news and analysis from the Electoral Commission of SA's national results centre in Pretoria. Watch live.

10 May 16:33
10 May 16:31
10 May 16:29

Pieter-Louis Myburgh responds to Magashule's rejection of allegations that he is part of a plot to hatch a new political party to challenge the ANC: 

10 May 16:26

Magashule, on whether people accused of corruption should be removed from the ANC's Parliamentary lists:

"Don’t judge people before you have heard them, before you apply the principle of innocent before proven guilty. The integrity commission report won’t be ignored but ANC members know their rights."

10 May 16:21

BREAKING: 

ANC elections head Fikile Mbalula hits back at Magashule in Eyewitness News interview, re claims that Ramaphosa cannot take credit alone for elections successes

10 May 16:20
Ace Magashule: "Plot" behind "Gangster state" will be revealed, but says his lawyers have advised him not to take legal action or go to the State Capture Commission over the allegations yet. 
10 May 16:17

Ace Magashule tells News24 that he sees the release of journalist Pieter Louis-Myburgh's book, "Gangster state", as part of a plot against him.

"Of course I see it that way. A young man of 27 years talking about my struggle in the trenches… I don’t believe he has written that book."

10 May 16:15
LIVE: Ace Magashule tells News24 that Cyril Ramaphosa is part of a collective in the ANC and no single person can claim credit for the party's successes.
10 May 16:09

e-Voting: Election fix or hacker's paradise?

Incidents of double voting and spoiled ballot papers that could fill a few seats in Parliament has begged the question whether SA is ready to roll out electronic voting. Unlike its BRICS counterparts, India and Brazil, and even neighbouring country Namibia - all of which have championed e-voting - SA's electoral commission has stuck to using paper ballots and manual counting, 25 years into democracy.

10 May 16:08

e-Voting: Election fix or hacker's paradise?

Incidents of double voting and spoiled ballot papers that could fill a few seats in Parliament has begged the question whether SA is ready to roll out electronic voting. Unlike its BRICS counterparts, India and Brazil, and even neighbouring country Namibia - all of which have championed e-voting - SA's electoral commission has stuck to using paper ballots and manual counting, 25 years into democracy.

10 May 16:07

DA retains Western Cape, but fail to push ANC out of majority in Northern Cape

While the DA has retained the Western Cape, it failed to press the ANC out of an outright majority in the province's northern neighbour, as it had hoped. With all the results in the Western Cape captured, the DA had 55.58% of the vote, compared to the 59.38% it received in the 2014 elections.

10 May 16:04

WATCH LIVE: Final stretch as vote counting hits 90%. Here's who won what

All the latest news and analysis from the Electoral Commission of SA's national results centre in Pretoria. Watch live.

10 May 16:01
Top searched Google results today: Everyone wants to know who's won the election. 

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