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Vote counting lull down to fatigue - IEC

The IEC’s Stuart Murphy expects vote counting to increase in the next few hours.

IEC CEO Mosotho Moepya addresses the media during a local government election update briefing at the IEC National Results centre on 4 August 2016. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

PRETORIA - The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) says there's been an overnight lull in results because many staff have been allowed to rest and get some sleep but counting will pick up again in the next few hours.

Almost all of the counting has been completed except in some wards of the country's major metros.

LISTEN: IEC's Terry Tselane on how voting process has been.

The IEC's Stuart Murphy says 95% of the results have been tallied but the process has slowed down.

"Overnight quite a few officers went home, they were really tired. The plan is for them to come back and by midday the numbers should start increasing again."

He says the remaining ballots to be counted are in the metros.

"EThekwini, Ekurhuleni, Johannesburg, Tshwane are the remaining metros, many constitute the last 5%."

Murphy expects all the results to be finalised tonight.

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