2021 local elections: IEC expects 90% of results to be complete on Tuesday evening

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The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) says it estimates that 90% of results in the 2021 local government elections will be completed by Tuesday evening.

The IEC’s chief electoral officer Sy Mamabolo said the balance of 10% would take another 24 hours to complete, meaning that the commission was on course to announce the final results on Thursday, The Citizen reports.

“We want to finalise as many results as we can by early [Tuesday] evening and we estimate that we should be in a position to do approximately 90%, and the balance tomorrow [Wednesday].

“All things equal, the commission will probably declare the final results on Thursday,” Mamabolo said.

He was speaking at a media briefing in Tshwane at the IEC’s results operations centre.

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Mamabolo said by 10.30am on Tuesday, 27% of the 64,502 results expected had been finalised.

The Northern Cape completed 74% of its results, followed by the Western Cape at 46% and the Free State stood at 26%. The rest of the provinces’ completion rates ranged between 15% and 37%.

“The result capturing involves a number of processes including the verification of the result slips, the capturing, scanning and the auditing of the results. An independent audit firm has been procured for purposes of auditing the results,” Mamabolo said.

The Citizen/Thapelo Lekabe