The Electoral Commission of South Africa announced the first results in the 2016 Municipal Elections on Wednesday night.
“We have reached the moment that we have all looked forward to and it is a moment of pride for us as a nation,” Independent Electoral Commission SA (IEC) Chairperson Glen Mashinini said, briefing the media and political parties at the national results centre in Pretoria.
With three large screens erected on the wall behind the podium, the results went up. One screen showed fireworks as the main screen in the centre showed the results of Ward 6 of EC123 in the Great Kei, Eastern Cape.
From the information on the screen it showed 22 people voted. The Democratic Alliance (DA) received 10 votes, the African National Congress (ANC) seven and an independent candidate received five votes.
Mashinini said these were the first audited results from the Local Government elections.
Cheers came from the DA as the results indicated they had secured 45.45 percent and the African National Congress 31.82 percent.
IEC spokesperson Kate Bapela said they still expected “many, many results” to come in throughout the night.
– African News Agency (ANA)