Bloemfontein – The ANC was leading with 61.96% of the votes in their favour in 18 Free State municipalities, according to the IEC.IEC spokesperson Mmathabo Rasengane said only 7.3% of votes were still outstanding.The DA managed to obtain at least 20.11% of the votes in the province, followed by the EFF with 9.7%.The ANC was leading the Mangaung metro with 54.78%. In 2011, the party won the metro with 66.27%, while the DA obtained 27.11%.Meanwhile, according to IEC figures, only 44% of registered voters in the province turned up at voting stations on Wednesday.Earlier on Thursday morning, Rasengane told News24 that the weather had not been conducive to voting."It was really cold and in places like Zastron [in the eastern Free State], it snowed."Rasengane said they had hoped for about 80% of registered voters to turn up, but the trend in the Free State was that voter participation in local government elections was not very high."The trend is at 44.5%. But we had hoped for better."A fast-moving cold front caused low temperatures on election day and rain and strong winds made voting difficult for residents of the Eastern and Western Cape as well.