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#Elections2014 enters the final phase

Preparations are now taking place for the final declaration by the IEC at 6pm.

IEC chair Pansy Tlakula during a briefing at the IEC results centre in Pretoria on 9 May 2014. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The election process has now moved into its final phase with preparations being made for the final declaration by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) tonight.

Watch: #Elections2014: Votes come in thick and fast

Activity has picked up at the national results centre in Pretoria as Gauteng's results are still being analysed.

The ruling party narrowly escaped losing a clear majority in Gauteng, earning just 53.59 percent of the vote.

Speaking through African National Congress (ANC) spokesperson Jackson Mthembu, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela said she was humbled that people had once again elected the ANC to govern South Africa.

Madikizela-Mandela, who was wearing all black clothes, is still in mourning for the late former President Nelson Mandela and could not speak to the media directly.

But through Mthembu, she said, "This confidence that our people have in the ANC is not misplaced and we are not taking it for granted. We will do everything in our power to change the lives of all South Africans."

Watch: Thousands queue to vote

At the same time Congress of the People (Cope) President Mosiuoa Lekota commended the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) for its results.

"President Mandela broke out in a new direction to say that where it is necessary we are prepared to face death. That is the kind of youth that take seriously the issues of its time. I think the EFF has also added a chapter in the history for the youth of our country."

Julius Malema's party won over six percent of the national vote, out-performing newcomer AgangSA and becoming the official opposition in two provinces.

Watch: #Elections2014: Counting, protests and hats

And while Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Helen Zille says 20 percent of her party's votes in this election were cast by black people, Director of the Centre for the Study of Democracy Steven Friedman doesn't believe the DA took votes away from the ANC.

"It seems reasonable that most, if not all, of the ANC drop went to the EFF rather than the DA."

Watch: One city, polls apart

The IEC's final declaration will take place at 6pm this evening.

At the moment IEC staff members are dismantling sections within the centre and preparing for this evening's announcement of the final results.

For a wrap of all our election coverage and more visit the EWN live blog.