Gauteng election results slow

Results were coming in at the Electoral Commission of SA's (IEC) National Results Operations Centre (NROC) in Pretoria after national and provincial elections on Wednesday.

Overall, for a province with 6,063,739 million registered voters, 297,950 national ballot and 284,898 provincial ballot votes had been counted by 7.26am.

On the national ballot, the African National Congress had won 160,151 votes, the Democratic Alliance 93,192 and the Economic Freedom Fighters 24,223.

Looking at the provincial ballot, the ANC had received 149,778 votes, the DA 94,270 and EFF 23,479 votes.

A major reason for the low number of votes was no data was available yet for the City of Johannesburg, the country's most populous metropolitan area, while Tshwane metro, with 1,456,362 million registered voters of its own, had only seen less than 1500 votes counted by 7.26am.

Emfuleni municipality, south of the City of Johannesburg, was also proportionately slow, as only 13,772 national votes and 13,511 had been counted from a base of 358,891 voters.

Ekurhuleni, with 1,547,459 registered voters, had yet to cross the 10 percent mark when it came to votes counted.

Mogale City, Lesedi, Randfontein, Midvaal, Westonaria and Merafong City -- the other municipalities in Gauteng beyond the three large metros --were much closer or over the national rate of vote counting, given their smaller sizes.

- Sapa