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#Elections2016: National results at a glance

The IEC’s Mosotho Moepya said these were the toughest elections the country had faced since 1994.

A voter casts their ballot in Imizamo Yethu, Hout Bay, on 3 August 2016. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has this evening released the final results for this year's local government elections.

Chief Electoral Officer Mosotho Moepya said there was a dramatic increase in the voter turnout for this year's elections compared to the 2011 municipal elections.

"The last time we had 57.6% voter turnout and we wanted to increase that, so this year we attained 58% voter turnout."

He says on average, voters waited 16 minutes in queues to casts their ballots.

Moepya admitted that, "These are the toughest elections we have faced since the dawn of our democracy in 1994."

WESTERN CAPE

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has won control of 20 councils in the Western Cape with nearly 63.33% of the vote.

While the African National Congress (ANC) garnered just over 26.22% it did not manage to secure control of any councils.

Nearly 3% of voters chose Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) over other parties but it was also unable to secure a council.

LIMPOPO

In the province that is home turf for EFF leader Julius Malema, his party only managed to get 16.73% of the overall votes, with the ANC leading the pack with 68.75%.

The DA trailed behind with a mere 8.06%.

The outcome means the ANC has secured 22 councils, while neither the DA nor EFF were able win councils.

NORTHERN CAPE

This is another province where the ruling party has come out tops.

The ANC secured 58.26%, the DA won 24.85% and the EFF came in third with just 8.6%.

This translates to 26 councils for the ANC, while neither the DA nor EFF were able win councils.

KWAZULU-NATAL

The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) gave the ANC a tough time in the province by retaining control of Nkandla where President Jacob Zuma's controversial homestead is located.

Although the IFP only earned 18.39% of the votes, giving it 7 councils, it was the Nkandla victory that mattered the most.

The ANC bagged 57.48% of the support, resulting in 36 councils, and the DA won 16.16%, but no councils.

FREE STATE

The ruling party saw no major competition here, leading the pack with 61.53% of the overall votes.

The DA came in second once again with 20.38% and the EFF in third with 9.69%.

This gives the ANC 19 councils, and once again no councils for the DA or EFF.

MPUMALANGA

The ANC has once again come out tops with 70.74% and the DA retained the second place with 12.93% of the overall provincial votes.

The EFF retained third place with 9.39%.

The ANC booked 17 councils, and zero for both the DA and the EFF.

The small party to earn the number four spot was the Bushbuckridge Residents Association (BRA) with 2.25%, although it did not win a council.

GAUTENG

The ANC bagged the province with 45.85%, the DA came in second with 37.21% and the EFF received 11.7% of the votes.

This translated into 7 councils for the ANC, 2 for the DA and no councils for the EFF.

EASTERN CAPE

The ANC had a very good run in the Eastern Cape with 65.31% support.

The DA obtained 19.7% and the EFF 5.18%.

This translates to 31 councils for the ruling party, 2 for the opposition and zero for the three-year-old EFF.

NORTH WEST

This province represented another victory for the ANC. The party garnered 59.38% of the overall provincial vote, reserving itself 18 councils.

The EFF's efforts were appreciated by NW voters as they gave the party 15.52% of their support, although this did not translate into any council control.

This time, the DA came third with 15.0% and no councils.