National 6.8.2016 08:15 pm

Joburg the final piece of puzzle as election count is completed

Jacob Zuma at the IEC results centre on August 6 2016. Picture: Jacques Nelles

Jacob Zuma at the IEC results centre on August 6 2016. Picture: Jacques Nelles

The long wait to find out what the new local government election landscape will look like is finally over. The count is at 100% and the ANC won in Johannesburg.

The elections are complete, and the final vote has been counted.

The ANC has the majority of votes in the Johannesburg metro, finishing ahead of the the DA by 44.55% to 38.37%.

Picture: IEC

Picture: IEC

Here is the final national picture for the top parties:

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Picture: IEC

The African National Congress in Gauteng on Saturday said it was concerned that its vote share had slipped below 50% in certain municipalities in the province and needed to reflect on the results.

“We remain humbled by the support that we received in these elections and we do not take the support for granted,” the ANC provincial leadership said in a statement after it notably lost Tshwane metro to the Democratic Alliance.

“While the ANC received significant support, we however note and remain concerned that we did not receive more than 50% in some of the municipalities. As the ANC in Gauteng, we have taken a decision to introspect and reflect on the issues that many of our voters continue to raise with us.”

The party said it would take a hard look at the weaknesses that cost it votes in Wednesday’s local government elections.

“We will not shy away from some weaknesses that have been identified, but will engage communities throughout the province to find speedy and meaningful solutions.”

The local leadership added that it had started negotiating with other political parties to form governing coalitions where it did not win a majority.

The ANC was expected to court the Economic Freedom Fighters aggressively as potential coalition partners after not only losing Tshwane but for falling short of an outright majority in Johannesburg.

– African News Agency (ANA)

Earlier

For anyone still thinking there’s hope the EFF might go into coalitions with the ANC, the party left the vote counting centre in protest at President Jacob Zuma when he arrived. Shortly thereafter, a group of four women staged a silent protest against Zuma.

The IEC apologised for the incident – to both the president and the people gathered. They said they had not anticipated the incident.

The ANC is allegedly already asking strange bedfellows such as the Freedom Front Plus for coalitions.

The final few votes in Johannesburg were still being counted. The metro’s results were still to be announced on Saturday night.

Earlier

President Jacob Zuma has finally shown his face at the national results centre of the IEC in Tshwane with the last few votes in the Johannesburg metro being counted. The ANC will be winning the metro, but not with a majority as before.

Picture: IEC

Picture: IEC

If it wants to govern it will have to find coalition partners and Zuma himself may prove to be a big sticking point towards achieving that.

The IEC will shortly be declaring the final vote tally for the municipal government elections of 2016.

Watch the declaration in the livestream video from eNCA embedded below.

EARLIER

The former opposition party the DA 43.11% of the vote in Tshwane. It will need a coalition if it wants to govern, but it and the EFF have both said they are willing to talk and try to hash out a deal.

The ANC has said that the fact that several big metros did not see outright majority wins is a sign of South Africa’s democracy “maturing”.

The DA secured 93 seats, only four more than the ANC. There are 214 seats in total. The EFF’s 25 seats would be enough to determine who governs. Only the EFF has enough of the seats, in any event, to form a government, unless the DA and ANC come to an agreement for a super-coalition.

Data: IEC website

Data: IEC website

Earlier

Fewer than 100 voting districts were still to be counted in the hotly contested Gauteng province on Saturday morning as 96 percent of 2716 wards had been tallied.

By 9.30am, counting at 2624 voting districts had been completed and the results showed that the African National Congress and the Democratic Alliance were in a tight race.

The ANC was leading in the City of Johannesburg with 42.03 percent of the vote, while the DA was close behind on 41.39 percent, followed by the Economic Freedom Fighters on 10.63 percent.

It was confirmed on Friday that the ANC had retained the Ekurhuleni metro and also won the Emfuleni municipality, while the DA retained the Midvaal municipality.

The Tshwane metro is also still up for grabs with the ANC and DA neck and neck to win there.
– African News Agency (ANA)

Picture: IEC

Picture: IEC

Picture: IEC

Picture: IEC


The count in Tshwane was at 97% at 8.30am on Saturday, and 89% in Joburg.

With the votes from big townships finally streaming in, the ANC looked to be pushing into the lead again in Johannesburg, although the DA’s prediction that it was in the pound seats to rule through coalition in the capital.

Picture: IEC

Picture: IEC

Picture: IEC

Picture: IEC

Earlier

In the final stretch of counting, the DA is defying history and the odds to lead in both the Tshwane and Johannesburg metros.

Its victory in Tshwane looks more assured, with more than 96% of the vote counted in the capital. In Joburg it continues to hang on to a slim lead.

Picture: IEC

Picture: IEC

 

Picture: IEC

Picture: IEC

After midnight the counting for Gauteng was 89% completed on Saturday morning with 2446 of the 2716 voting districts counted.

At just after midnight, the African National Congress had 45.64 percent in the province after receiving 2,825,826 votes. The Democratic Alliance had 37.52 percent as 2,323,262 voted for the party while the Economic Freedom Fighters had 11.3 percent after receiving 699,430 votes in the province.

The results for the hotly contested metros in the province — Tshwane and Johannesburg — were expected later on Saturday. So far in Tshwane the ANC had 42.47 percent, the DA had 42.16 percent and the EFF had 11.74 percent. While in Johannesburg the DA was in the lead with 41.76 percent, the ANC had 41.63 percent and the EFF had 10.55 percent.

The DA and the ANC had been neck and neck in the two metros.

The national count was on 98 percent just after midnight, with 22,342 of the 22,612 voting districts counted. The ANC stood on 54.11 percent, the DA on 26.64 percent and the EFF on 8.08 percent.

Nationally the ANC have already received 15,676,232 votes, the DA 7,717,807 and the EFF 2,341,439.

– African News Agency (ANA)

Earlier

The was nothing wrong with Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane announcing that his party had outrun the ANC in the Tshwane metro, before the Electoral Commission of South (IEC) does so officially, the electoral body said on Friday.

The ANC disputed the declaration, saying it was still too early to tell.

The IEC has announced that all results should be available by 6am on Saturday.

“There is nothing irregular or wrong with that pronouncement, in the sense that the commission has provided three opportunities through which the public can get to know the results of the elections,” IEC deputy chairperson Terry Tselane said at the national results operations centre in Tshwane.

“That is actually testimony to the transparency that we have put into the process. Firstly, the results are announced at the voting station level, there are party agents there and they can transmit those results to their centres and they are able to collate the results the way they want.”

Secondly, South Africans can access all results through the IEC mobile applications which are captured and scanned.

“You can also be able to make your own determination in terms of the results. Thirdly, we have this centre (the NROC), which is a platform for political parties, analysts and anybody interested to see the results as they come,” said Tselane.

“Even though the results are there for everybody to see, they are not official results because we still have to go through particular processes. From our side, we still have to deal with with a few issues. Of course depending on how the commission looks at issues, we may, in certain instances, nullify some of the results and therefore what party agents may have given you could still change depending on what we regard as irregularities.”

An emphatic Maimane told reporters that his DA had outwitted the governing African National Congress in the hotly contested Tshwane metro.

“I’m quite glad to announce the fact that here in the City of Tshwane, by all our current projections, certainly we will be the largest party and therefore I want to congratulate the DA for having successfully beat the ANC here in Tshwane,” Maimane told a huge scrum of local and international media at the IEC’s national results operations centre ahead of the IEC briefing.

“We will soon be working hard to form the government right here. I want to congratulate Solly Msimanga for having run an exceptional campaign. He has been everywhere and the people of Tshwane have expressed a view.”

Journalists quizzed Maimane why he was making the announcement before the final tally of results, but he stuck to his guns.

“We have been waiting for most of today. I’m not giving you the full briefing now of all the election results. There are still many more to come from places like Johannesburg, and other places we are looking at where the ANC could dip below 50%,” said Maimane.

“How does this undermine the IEC? I don’t see anything untoward.”

– African News Agency (ANA)

DA party leader Mmusi Maimane was looking to form a government in Tshwane, despite the final results not being tallied yet and council seats for the smaller parties not yet being allocated.

The DA was in the lead in the count for City of Johannesburg by 5pm on Friday, with 76% of the vote counted. In Tshwane, however, the ANC was in the lead, but only just, after 81% of the vote was counted.

By 6.15pm, the situation was much the same, with 16% of the vote in Tshwane still to be counted. The ANC and other parties had been saying that they would not want to look at coalitions until after the IEC announced final results, but the DA was clearly not wasting any time, with the opportunity of the ANC being well under 50% being presented.

The clear kingmaker in the city is the EFF, with more than 11.5% of the vote so far. The party has repeatedly declared that it would not return the ANC to power in places where it received less than 50%.

The DA had outwitted the governing African National Congress in the Tshwane metro, DA leader Mmusi Maimane said on Friday evening.

“I’m quite glad to announce the fact that here in the City of Tshwane, by all our current projections, certainly we will be the largest party and therefore I want to congratulate the DA for having successfully beat the ANC here in Tshwane,” Maimane told a huge scrum of local and international media at the Electoral Commission of South Africa’s (IEC) national results operations centre in Tshwane.

“We will soon be working hard to form the government right here. I want to congratulate Solly Msimanga for having run an exceptional campaign. He has been everywhere and the people of Tshwane have expressed a view.”

Journalists quizzed Maimane why he was making the announcement before the final tally of results but he stuck to his guns.

“We have been waiting for most of today. I’m not giving you the full briefing now of all the election results. There are still many more to come from places like Johannesburg and other places we are looking at where the ANC could dip below 50%,” said Maimane.

“How does this undermine the IEC? I don’t see anything untoward.”

The IEC was holding a briefing soon after Maimane’s engagement with the media.

– African News Agency (ANA)

Picture: IEC

Picture: IEC

Picture: IEC

Picture: IEC

In Gauteng, 82% of the vote was counted, but Soweto’s votes still needed to be tallied, which was likely to cause a big swing in the Joburg result.

The national count was still at 96%, according to the IEC’s official website.

Earlier

After 3pm, 96% of the votes had been counted nationally, while the counting had been completed in Northern Cape, Mpumalanga and the Free State. The other provinces were sitting on more than 95%, with the exception of Gauteng, at 80%.

The DA won Nelson Mandela Bay without a majority (46.71% to the ANC’s 40.92%).

The DA had also taken outright control of 15 of the 25 councils in the Western Cape, the provincial Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) announced.

According to the latest results, the DA has 62.84% of the votes in the province, followed by the ANC with 26.54% and the EFF with 2.84%.

 

By 7am, the DA had all but won in the Nelson Mandela Bay metro, with a reduced lead, but in Gauteng little was yet completely clear. News24 also reported at 7.40am that it understood that the ANC would withdraw its complaint against the IEC in Nelson Mandela Bay.

In an interview with eNCA thereafter, the ANC’s Jackson Mthembu said they had withdrawn the complaint because they realised it had little chance of success and they were satisfied that votes had been correctly counted after consultation with the IEC.

With the overall count at 88% at 10.20pm on Friday, the IEC said it expected to have all results finalised by no later than noon on Friday. Ethekwini metro in particular had been lagging badly behind in the count.

In Tshwane, the tennis match of who was leading continued by 6.30am on Friday, with the DA pulling ahead by just more than 1.5% with about a third of the vote left to declare.

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Picture: IEC

The Democratic Alliance’s lead in Nelson Mandela Bay had dropped to well below 50% overnight, with only 2% of the vote left to declare.

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Picture: IEC

In Johannesburg, however, with a similar amount of the vote (30%) still to declare the battle between DA and ANC, it was as it had been from the start: neck and neck. However, the ANC was still feeling confident with data from traditional ANC stronghold Soweto still to be reflected.

Picture: IEC

Overnight, the ANC said it would not accept the result in Nelson Mandela Bay, though overall it continued to lead the national race, while the race for Joburg and Tshwane remained close.

The ANC said that it had been questioning and perhaps even rejecting the outcome of the vote in the Bay, and added that it had been “writing letters to the IEC” about alleged irregularities in the voting process from Monday onwards.

It confirmed that it had filed a formal dispute with the IEC about Nelson Mandela Bay results.

The (now likely former) Bay ruling party said that the IEC had not made sufficient provision for poor voters in the midst of the bad weather on voting day and it used the discovery of ballots strewn in a tent to say that perhaps ANC votes had been discarded without being counted. The IEC, however, had already dismissed this allegation.

The ANC also made vague aspersions on DA “agents” for what it appeared was an allegation of vote-rigging. However, no specifics were given, aside from repetitions that all the details were “in the letters” sent to the IEC, to which responses were apparently still being awaited.

However, by Friday morning, that appeared to change. The IEC consistently maintained it had done nothing wrong and the ballots that parties had noticed in a tent had already been properly counted and captured, although were not disposed of properly.

Results finally showed who had won in Ethekwini, with the ANC in a comfortable lead.

Picture: IEC

Picture: IEC

However, the IFP had done very well in the rest of KwaZulu-Natal, particularly in the more rural northern parts of the province, where it had more than 20% of the vote by 7.15am, and had won seven councils.

Picture: IEC

Picture: IEC

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