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Preparations underway at IEC’s national results centre

The IEC said this election is ‘record breaking’ in terms of ballots printed and technology available.

The IEC's National Results Operations Centre in Tshwane. Picture Gia Nicolaides/EWN."

JOHANNESBURG - Preparations are underway at the Independent Electoral Commission's (IEC) National Results Operations Centre in Pretoria where political parties will gather after voting day.

The IEC officially launched the centre last week saying this municipal election is "record breaking" in terms of the number of voters, ballots printed and technology available.

More than 26 million people have registered to vote on Wednesday.

There's an eerie silence here at the results centre as the focus remains on the political rallies for the last push to secure votes.

But the IEC has spent time and resources to ensure this 12,000 square meter centre is ready as soon as results start trickling in.

Computers, telephone lines and TV cameras are in place and everything else from the leader boards to the dining area is ready.

The IEC is now making sure everything is ready at voting stations across the country for Special votes which will take place tomorrow and Tuesday for those who applied to cast their vote early.