The IEC said 23 148 voting stations were open on Monday despite power blackouts and community protests. Photo: Fani Mahuntsi/Gallo Images
South Africans joined the queues to make their mark in the local government elections on Monday. Though a low voter turnout was recorded, more than 12 million people across the country made their mark in school halls and at community centres.
The Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) said on Tuesday: “It is important to realise that voter turnout is a multifaceted phenomenon influenced by different factors. Some of the elements that motivate voters to go [and vote] relate to factors outside of the purview of the commission such as disruptions to services and levels of trust in political institutions.”
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Vote counting commenced after the polling stations closed at 9pm on Monday and the IEC estimated that the counting would be completed by Wednesday evening.
Ward 91 residents in Alexandra township, north of Johannesburg, cast their votes at the local Catholic Church. The IEC said about 26 million people were registered to vote out of 40 million eligible voters. Photo: Rosetta Msimango/City Press
Deputy President David Mabuza was one of the first leaders to cast his vote at Ajuri Farm voting station in Baberton, Mpumalanga after polling stations opened at 7am. Photo: GCIS
The first lady, Dr Tshepo Motsepe, cast her ballot alongside President Cyril Ramaphosa at Hitekani Primary School in Soweto. Photo: Tebogo Letsie/City Press
ActionSA president and Johannesburg mayoral candidate cast his vote at the Sandton Fire Station. Photo: Rosetta Msimango/City Press
By Tuesday morning, 27% of the votes had been counted and the IEC estimated that 90% of the results would be finalised later in the day. Photo: Rosetta Msimango/City Press
IEC senior manager Grandville Abrahams said some polling stations used the zip-zip machine, which is being phased out after the introduction of the new voting management devices, to help manage the queues on polling day. Photo: Rosetta Msimango/City Press
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