With over 60% of the votes tallied in Gauteng so far, the ANC is still struggling to get over the 50 mark.
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The IEC says of the 8.9 million votes captured by 6:30 pm from over 13,000 voting stations, Gauteng had recorded the highest voter turnout at 71.8%, while Limpopo recorded the lowest at 58.3%.
In 2014, Gauteng recorded a total voter turn out of 72.9, while Limpopo had 60.67% of registered voters casting their ballots.
Of the votes counted so far in this election, 3.7% are special votes and 1.4% are counted as spoilt ballots.
The bigger provinces, including KZN, Limpopo, Free State and Gauteng have the most results outstanding.
Several smaller parties say they plan to launch legal action against the IEC following what they say are a number of irregularities during Wednesday's national elections.
The parties, which include the African Transformation Movement, Black Land First, the Land Party, Socialist Revolutionary Party And the National Freedom Party say they were sidelined throughout the electioneering process - and say they will now take action against the IEC.
"Counting takes place within the voting station in front of party agents and observers. The first step in the process is to check the seals and open the ballot boxes. The ballots contained therein are then reconciled with those issued, any remaining unused ballots and any ballots which may have been cancelled.
Over 20,000 voting stations across the country have officially closed, but the IEC says the people who are still queuing at polling stations will be given an opportunity to cast their ballots.
Earlier this afternoon the IEC said it was satisfied with voter turn out so far and how the electoral process had unfolded across the country.
But it also confirmed there were a number of glitches that interrupted the process.
IMPORTANT ELECTION INFO:
1.If you were registered in another province, you can still vote today, you'll vote on the national ballot.
2. If you have either lost or have a problem with your ID, there will be Department of Home Affairs officials at all voting stations to assist you.
3. Please ensure that both ballot papers that you'll be casting your votes on have been stamped at the back, if not, alert the IEC officials at the voting station.