The IEC has on Thursday appealed for patience as South Africans eagerly await the announcement of final results from the tightly-contested August 3 local government elections.
“Let me tell you this, and I think that its important that we point it out. The results of municipalities with smaller populations normally come in earlier,” IEC chief electoral officer Mosotho Moepya told reporters at the national results operations centre in Tshwane.
“The big numbers (for bigger municipalities) are what we will process in the day today. I want you to have that context. It’s important.
“The Electoral Commission is aware that South Africa is now eagerly awaiting the outcome of these elections but we appeal for patience from all stakeholders to allow the process to due diligence and accuracy.
“In terms of the Electoral Commission Act, the commission must declare results within seven days after elections. We’re on course to do that.”
As at 11am on Thursday, Moepya said 77.8% of results had been captured.
“Following the capture process, the results are then subjected to independent audit verification before being finalised. The results slips are also scanned so that they can be compared to the results on the system,” said Moepya.
“This process is underway in all provinces and will continue until until all results have been finalised.”
– African News Agency (ANA)