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.”

  • Peacock - 2011-05-19 08:19

    I would love to know how much money was received for the elections, by party, from whom, how much was spent on the campaigns, how much was put into back pockets , who was bribed, and what is going to happen to the balance - if any. I would like to know now, not next year so accoutability can be made, and examples made speedily to stop this fom being spread around. ( or am I wishing on a star? )

      myancmyfutur - 2011-05-19 08:36

      Smaller parties were pushing for that parliament but both the DA and ANC objected before the 2009 elections

  • anita.nortje - 2011-05-19 08:44

    "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" - Please tell me the tax payer did not pay for their campaigning...

      myancmyfutur - 2011-05-19 09:05

      I think the funder is the same that financed the DA to buy those loaves of bread for electioneering in Western Cape yesterday. How low can you go

      Janine - 2011-05-19 09:07

      @myancmyfutur - upset that it wasn't KFC?

      sefeddt - 2011-05-19 09:11

      Its not surprizing that the ANC would not be able to work out the cost, if one looks at how inefficient the metro's under their control are at basic bookeeping and they are unable to work out what and where their expenditure went to, how on earth can it be expected to provide this info.

      I Love SA - 2011-05-19 16:34

      Well sefeddt You should come to the CoCT to see how stupid they are there. But you guys are purely racist. Plain and simple. DA is as corrupt as the ANC. They are 100 times better at hiding it.

  • zulufox - 2011-05-19 08:46

    thank God the writer didn't use 'trickle in' ...

  • JudithNkwe - 2011-05-19 08:47

    Is anyone aware that the IEC staff started at 0500am and worked until 0100 the next day; were not given an opportunity to vote themselves nor were they provided with food or drink for the entire time they worked?

      jdeeathome - 2011-05-19 08:53

      well done to them for the selfless work they do

      Rapier - 2011-05-19 09:13

      Yes - our experience of the staff was EXCELLENT - it shows the standard we are ALL capable of in South Africa.

      ANC Ancestor - 2011-05-19 09:21

      They would have been allowed a special vote. But thanks to the IEC staff for their hard work.

      Shelley Pembroke - 2011-05-19 09:26

      yeah the staff was amazing! was super impressed.

  • gcr - 2011-05-19 08:50

    Surely there has to be a site where you can get a comprehensive listing of who won which ward and the total votes per party and the majority won. Currently I can't find a single site that gives this information and the rather useless IEC don't even carry this info on their site - they prefer history to the real world

      zulufox - 2011-05-19 08:52

      how about YOU make your own site and stop b!tching...

      AndyG - 2011-05-19 09:20

      Rapier - 2011-05-19 09:22

      Here is the link to the Election results (I have shortened it for everyone): - the only problem is that their server is so busy, that you cannot access it. Pity.

      ihtfcatkii - 2011-05-19 09:26

      There is: www(dot)elections(dot)org(dot)za

      Bonne Lee Stack - 2011-05-19 09:30

      you can see on a whole map for each region on this site:

      Vaal Donkie - 2011-05-19 09:43 or something like that has the info you crave.

      I Love SA - 2011-05-19 16:37

      Thanks Bonne Lee Stack. Exactly what I've been looking for.

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-05-19 08:53

    Well...we just wait in anticipation...fingers X.

  • Eugene Fouri - 2011-05-19 08:58

    Interesting to see that service delivery is so poor in these ANC-led municpalities, but the election campaigning was right on time, no delays in posters etc. Also saddened to see that, even though people or SO unhappy with the service delivery they get (or rather, NOT getting, they still end up voting for the very same party that cannot deliver. Is it not time to forget the ANC was part of the struggle of Apartheid? That is the past, apartheid should stay in the past. What has the ANC achieved AFTER their apartheid struggle?

      myancmyfutur - 2011-05-19 09:03

      Which ANC led Municipalities did you evaluate? Amazingly homeless people are camping in a sports field in the delivering DA metro and I havent seen any camps in the ANC area let alone votes being bought for loaves of bread.

      Janine - 2011-05-19 09:09

      @myancmyfutur - the ANC buy votes with KFC, T-shirts and threats.

      EugeneF - 2011-05-19 09:11

      ANC-led Moqhaka municipality in the Free State with its open toilets - how is that for just ONE recent example?

      sefeddt - 2011-05-19 09:16

      @myfurryanc - not rocket scientist stuff, the land invasion was a deliberate attempt by the ANC to embarass the DA, unfortunate for the ANC this ploy was seen by the voters for what it was.

      Bonne Lee Stack - 2011-05-19 09:16

      @myancmyfutur. The ANC said we can go to heaven if we vote for them. How is the uneducated going to perceive that?

      Nunya - 2011-05-19 09:17

      @myancmyfutur....Good luck on your FUTURE with the ANC, soon you will also sleep on the streets like the ANC followers.

      I Love SA - 2011-05-19 16:48

      God save the racists. That is all that you guys are. You talk about the bad they have done. And conveniently forget the good. What is even more pathetic or maybe that is how bigots do things. You guys ignore or dont look deeper at the crap the DA has caused in Cape Town. But then again, you have the assistance of the media and it is fairly well hidden. I'm in a shitty position. I am close enough to see how they hide things. How they hold secret caucus' meetings, deciding how to hide irregularities. I give them credit, they are good. Devils Allegiance Clean audit reports from the pathetic AG, because they miss or choose to ignore the most obvious indiscretions.

  • John Smith - 2011-05-19 09:18

    Thats excellent - pressure being put on the ANC - step up your service delivery and stamp out corruption and maybe you wont be sweating so much. Get rid of morons like Malema and Vavi and make clear headed mature decisions about a better future in SA for all and stamp out crime and heyy I´d even be happy voting ANC. But until you do keep sweating suckers. This is what democracy means!!! You deliver or you hit the road jack. Take note.

  • vusi22 - 2011-05-19 09:44

    Job well done IEC

  • Tina - 2011-05-19 09:54

    All of you: Do you even notice the colour in the major metropolitan areas? Jhb, CT, Durbs, PTA - all blue at this stage. Maybe there is still hope for SA. Seems like the level of eduacation is kicking in at last. Even if the DA does not win these areas in the end, the resuls will be very close to 50/50. That is something to get exited about!

  • Bhavya - 2011-05-19 10:17

    I'd like to see some stats from the polls posted with the article.

  • donns - 2011-05-19 11:55

    Im not surprised you havent slept all evening because youve been sleeping the whole of the year.

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