Cape Town – The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) will announce the final results of the municipal elections at the Results Operations Centre in Tshwane Events Centre, Pretoria on Thursday evening.
South Africans headed to the polls to elect a new municipal political leadership on Monday, with special votes cast on 30 and 31 October.
These elections were the sixth held in South Africa since the end of apartheid in 1994.
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The IEC said one of the biggest lessons learned from the November 1 polls was to never attempt to do an election of this magnitude in 42 days, EWN reported.
“If there’s any advice we want to give to any election management body anywhere else in the world, our advice would be: don’t do it. It’s dangerous and it may lead to disputes which may be very difficult to resolve,” the report quoted the IEC’s chief electoral officer Sy Mamabolo as saying.
According to IOL, by 04.30 on Thursday, the ANC had clinched 153 councils, 4 121 seats and, and 10 271 900 votes nationally. The DA had won 23 councils, 1 202 seats and 4 729 574 votes, and the EFF had no councils, 759 seats and 2 315 217 votes.
President Cyril Ramaphosa will attend the announcement of the final results.
A statement issued by the Presidency said Ramaphosa, in his capacity as president, would deliver remarks at the ceremony.
President @CyrilRamaphosa will later today attend the Independent Electoral Commission’s (IEC) announcement of the final results of the 2021 Municipal Elections at the Results Operations Centre in Pretoria, which will be broadcast live from 18h00.. https://t.co/DXYXNQCIxJ pic.twitter.com/FqKsvbqlgl
— Presidency | South Africa 🇿🇦 (@PresidencyZA) November 4, 2021
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Compiled by Reginald Nhlapo