Elections 2024: Over 2 million votes captured, but counting still underway

With 63% of votes captured, the Northern Cape leads the pack, with KZN bringing up the rear with 23%.

The election results for 22.6% of the 23 292 voting districts have been captured.

This figure, which represents 2.3 million votes cast, was announced by the IEC’s CEO Sy Mamabolo at a media briefing at 16:00.

While he was speaking, counting was still underway at a handful of stations, mainly those in metro areas such as the Durban and Joburg city halls, where voting continued well into the night. The last ballot was cast in Arcadia in Tshwane and the last voting station closed at 03:00, the IEC confirmed.

No eligible voters were turned away, stressed Mamabolo.

He said that historically, 24 hours after voting stations closed, 80% of votes have been counted. However, the pace will be slower this time around because of the high voter turnout and the extra time it takes to count the third ballot.

The IEC would not offer a guestimate of the voter turnout although, at last night’s briefing, Mamabolo predicted that it could be over 66%.

He said the IEC would ‘endeavour’ to declare the results within the mandated seven days.

Although disputes had been declared at some voting stations, most were resolved by the presiding officer. However, Mamabolo said that in certain cases, such as a voter turnout greater than 100% at a voting station or a huge discrepancy between the number of votes a party receives on the national and provincial ballots, further investigations would take place.

At the time of the briefing, Gauteng had captured 28% of the votes, Limpopo 26%, North West 36%, Northern Cape 63%, Free State 56%, KZN 23%, Mpumalanga 42%, Eastern Cape 58% and the Western Cape 57%.

Results process

The IEC explained that all processes are monitored by observers. Once the results have been counted and finalised, the presiding officer and party agents sign the result slip and place it in a tamper-evident bag. The bags are transported to the capture centre, where a check-and-balance process includes checking that the result slip is on the correct form, has the details of the voting station and the presiding officer, and the voting station’s unique barcode. It is then captured onto the system using a double-blind method.

“Using the barcode, the results slip is then scanned and the results are electronically matched with the appropriate voting district,” explained Mamabolo.

The results are then taken through the IEC’s ‘exception parameters’. “If an exception is flagged, the results are investigated and taken through the recapture process.”

If no problems are picked up, the results become final and are made available to political parties, independent candidates and the media.

“Once all the results are finalised, the commission will undertake the seat calculation process, based on a prescribed formula.”

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