#Elections2014: Final results expected later

After some 40 hours of counting, around 97 percent of results have now come in.

People voting during the national general elections on 7 May 2014. Picture: Amanda Moore/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) Chairperson Pansy Tlakula says the commission is nearly home as it prepares for the vote counting process to wrap up.

South Africans voted in the fifth democratic elections on 7 May.

After some 40 hours of counting, around 97 percent of the results have now come in to the IEC's National Results Operations Centre in Pretoria.

The IEC expects the final results to be released by later this afternoon.

The ANC looks set to secure around 62,2 percent of the vote with the Democratic Alliance (DA) sitting on around 22,1 percent. The EFF is in at third with 6,2 percent.

The commission says this week's vote counting has been the fastest in an election since the start of democracy in the country.

The electoral body has been answering questions about the pace of counting and why tallying for some areas has been quicker than others.

Tlakula said a record number of South Africans took part in this year's poll.

She said that more than 70 percent of registered voters cast their ballots and thus far more than 17 million votes have been counted.

Tlakula also confirmed that the dumped ballot papers that were found in the east of Pretoria and northern Johannesburg have already been counted.

She said four complaints have been lodged with the commission two by the United Democratic Movement and one each from the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and DA. These relate to voting and the counting processes.

At the same time, South Africa has also received the thumbs up from regional observers.

The African Union(AU) has given its seal of approval to the 2014 elections in South Africa.

The continental body's endorsement follows that of the regional grouping the Southern African Development Community. Both used the words free, fair, transparent, credible and peaceful.

The AU, led by former Ghanaian president John Kufuor, fielded 26 teams along the length and breadth of South Africa. The SADC had 188 observers in all nine provinces.

Both thanked and congratulated the IEC and the people of South Africa for their hospitality and cooperation.

Tlakula said the IEC is pleased that the SADC and AU have declared the elections free and fair.

WESTERN CAPE

After working flat out to ensure free and fair elections in the Western Cape, the IEC has released its provisional results in that province.

The DA has won with 59 percent of the vote.

DA leader Helen Zille at the results board in the IEC's national results centre in Pretoria on 8 May 2014. Reinart Toerien/EWN.

The ANC came second and garnered 33 percent of the provincial ballots.

The EFF came third with just more than 43,000 votes.

IEC Western Cape Electoral officer Courtney Sampson congratulated everyone involved in election process.

Sampson said all complaints levelled by various political parties are receiving attention.

Just more than two million votes have been processed in the province alone of which more than 18,000 are spoilt ballots.

The DA's Ivan Meyer said he's proud the province remains blue.

Western Cape ANC leader Marius Fransman congratulated the DA, but promised his party will be a much stronger opposition in future.