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ANC in the lead as vote counts continue to trickle in

The governing party is dominating in metros including Tshwane, with 46.56 percent.

Inside the IEC's Western Cape results centre. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - With eight municipalities having been counted, the African National Congress (ANC) is leading by 50 percent of the votes, it has 330 seats and has clinched 316 wards.

As it stands, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) says 205 municipalities are still outstanding and those numbers will continue to trickle in throughout the day.

The governing party is dominating in metros including Tshwane, with 46.56 percent, the Democratic Alliance (DA) is second with 39.85 percent and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has 9.02 percent.

Violent protests broke out in the metro earlier this year following the announcement of Thoko Didiza as ANC mayoral candidate.

The ANC is also leading in the Johannesburg metro with 45.31 percent, the DA has 39.87 percent of the votes and the EFF with almost 10 percent.

At the same time the DA is dominating in Nelson Mandela Bay with 45.31 percent of the votes, the ANC follows with 39.87 percent, while the EFF stands at 3.18 percent.

The IEC sys 252 municipalities are still outstanding and those numbers will continue to come in throughout the day.

Zuma casts his vote in hometown of Nkandla

MANTASHE COMMENDS IEC

Meanwhile, the ANC's Secretary General, Gwede Mantashe, has commended the South African IEC for a smooth election process where problems were attended to immediately.

Mantashe says anything less than 60 percent would be not be good for the ANC.

Meanwhile, the DA's Mmusi Maimane said it's too early for coalition talks.

The EFF's Godrich Gardee said they are not anxious about results.

Despite a few glitches with ballot papers arriving late in some areas yesterday, the IEC reported a strong turnout.

Just over 26 million registered voters made their way to make their mark yesterday.

#Elections2016: South Africa votes

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