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Political parties wait in anticipation for election results

Party reps at the national results centre are preparing themselves for the outcome of their efforts.

Election officials working on the main floor at the IEC National Results Centre on 3 August 2016. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

PRETORIA - Political parties are now waiting in anticipation for the election to trickle in as the long night of counting has begun for officials at voting stations across the country.

The pace is picking up at the national results centre in Tshwane as party representatives prepare themselves for the outcome of their efforts.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) says its feeling relaxed at the moment as it now waits for the first of the municipal election results to come in.

Secretary general Godrich Gardee says the effort the EFF has put into preparations for this day will reveal itself.

He says there is no need for party leaders to be anxious as everything was in the hands of voters today.

The EFF has expressed unhappiness with a power outage reported in Soshanguve which allegedly affected voters' ability to cast their ballot.

The Independent Electoral Commission is expected to have its final briefing for the day in a few minutes, before officials stationed there start capturing data from millions of voicers.

The ANC says its waiting with nervous anticipation for the first of the results from this year's municipal elections to start coming in.

Deputy Secretary General Jessie Duarte is at the national results centre in Pretoria, where she says political parties can do nothing but guess what will happen next.

Duarte says at this point the party is just hoping for the best.

"That patient moment where you just sit and watch the board for anything that will come through."

While the ANC has admitted to feeling nervous, the EFF has expressed a different view.

Duarte says she believes behind the smiling faces, all political party representatives are feeling anxious.

The noise level on the floor at the national results hub is picking up steadily and excitement is rising.

Gardee added, "We are not anxious or nervous at all and we do not have any problem. we have done what was humanly possible to be done within the limited constraints."