EFF party leader Julius Malema walks away after casting his vote at a polling station in the Sheshego township on the outskirts of Polokwane on May 8 2019. Picture: GUILLEM SARTORIO/AFP
EFF party leader Julius Malema walks away after casting his vote at a polling station in the Sheshego township on the outskirts of Polokwane on May 8 2019. Picture: GUILLEM SARTORIO/AFP

With more than 60% of votes counted by 7.30pm on Thursday, the ANC had obtained 56.86% of the national vote, followed by the DA with 22.53% and the EFF with 9.76%.

Election day was marred by logistical issues, leaving many political parties upset. However, the Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) has said glitches at the poll would not affect the credibility of the election.

The May 8 poll was touted as the most hotly contested since 1994.

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) said the expected turnout for the 2019 election was about 71%.

One of the main election battlegrounds was the country’s economic hub of Gauteng, where the DA is hoping to bring the ANC below 50%. If this happens, the province could be governed by a coalition.

Over 47% of the vote had been counted in Gauteng on Thursday by 7.30pm. At the time, the ANC had 51.85% of the vote and the DA 26.07%. The EFF had 14.45%.

Live results of the national vote in the 2019 general elections



According to the CSIR, it is too early to give a good prediction of what could happen in Gauteng, since the counting at a number of large township areas has not been reported yet. 

In the Western Cape, where the DA is hoping to retain its hold, 86.32% of the vote had been counted.

The DA was leading with 55.3%, followed by the ANC with 28.64%. In third place was the EFF with 3.79% of the vote, while Patricia de Lille’s Good party had 3.1% of the vote.

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