Over 4.35-million votes had been counted just after 11am on Thursday morning.
Almost 27-million South Africans registered to vote to elect the country’s sixth democratic administration, with many heading to the polls on Wednesday in a day marred by bad weather, protests and worrying potential irregularities.
While it is too early to determine the final performance of each party, the ANC is on top the leader-board at the Electoral Commission of South Africa’s results operation centre (ROC) in Tshwane, with 55%, the Democratic Alliance (DA) with 25.68% and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) on 8.63%.
The EFF is followed by the Freedom Front Plus, with 3.12% of the vote and the IFP with 1.69%.
In 2014, the DA won 22.23% of the vote, with the EFF winning 6.35%. The voter turnout in 2014 was 73.48%.
Meanwhile the ROC is abuzz with activity, with prominent politicians — including the ANC’s charismatic national chairperson Gwede Mantashe — making appearances.
The IEC was expected to provide an update on the counting process at 11am on Thursday, but the briefing has been postponed to 2pm.
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