#Elections2014: Ballot count reaches halfway

More than 52% of the ballots cast across the country have now been counted.

More than 52% of the ballots cast across the country have now been counted. Picture: EWN.

PRETORIA - The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) is almost halfway through its mammoth vote counting process following yesterday's general elections and the commission says it's happy so far with the counting progress.

Chairperson Pansy Tlakula spoke to reporters at the results centre in Pretoria where she outlined some of the problem areas, which included logistical issues and, in some cases, violence and threats.

In one incident protesters in Alexandra threatened election staff.

"Community policing personnel have been deployed, along with political party leaders, to speak to the community in an attempt to calm the situation."

Tlakula says in a separate incident a voting station in Tzaneen in Limpopo was ambushed and a shoot-out ensued with police, injuring two people.

"They entered the station and attacked the police, election officials and party agents on duty and damaged voting materials. Two people have been arrested and police are investigating the incident."

In terms of results, the ANC is on more than 4.2 million votes so far while the Democratic Alliance is on just over 1.6 million.

More than 52 percent of the ballots cast across the country have now been counted.

Attention is firmly focused on the middle of the three results boards and that's where the national picture is steadily emerging as vote counting continues.

The ruling party is maintaining control over Gauteng for now, with more than double the number of votes garnered by the DA.

But that picture is reversed in the Western Cape, with the official opposition firmly in the lead in that province.

Vote counting is entering its 14th hour now and the IEC is due to hold its first briefing for the day in an hour's time.

VOTES COUNTED

At present the ANC leads with more than 62 percent followed by the DA with over 22 percent.

The third-placed party is the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), with 4,63 percent, followed by the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), with 2,29 percent.

It will be interesting to see how the numbers translate into Parliamentary seats.

Current results indicate the ANC would get 249 seats, the DA 96 seats, the EFF 14 seats and 4 for the IFP.

There would be 10 parties in South Africa's new Parliament and the other 19 which contested lose their deposits of R200,000 in the old Parliament seat, including Agang.

DE LILLE DECLARES WIN

Senior DA official and Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille said early indications were that Capetonians have given the party another five years in office.

The mayor is at the provincial election results centre in Bellville South.

She said the result would give the DA the opportunity to continue the work they had started.

"It's clear that the DA is going to win and that people have not lost confidence in us, irrespective of what some of the opposition are saying. And they have confidence to lend us another five years."

Video: IEC centre.

At the same time the Western Cape's ANC leader Marius Fransman says the party is prepared for an uphill battle.

He added that the ANC was happy with the campaign it led in the Cape.

"We were up against the provincial and city government and very strong resources but we believe we brought dignity back into the ANC's campaigning."

Video: One city, polls apart.

KWAZULU-NATAL

The ANC has little opposition in KwaZulu-Natal, with interim results indicating a landslide victory in the province.

So far the ANC enjoys a majority of more than 65 percent, leading the parties as all the ballots are tallied.

The party has taken the lead in all districts, barring Msinga and Ulundi, which are both traditional IFP strongholds.

The real fight remains for third position in the province, which is between the DA and the National Freedom Party (NFP), an IFP breakaway.