Elections

By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) Chief Electoral Officer Sy Mamabolo says although the Local Government Elections were held under some challenging circumstances, their successful completion shows the determination of citizens to participate in democratic processes. He was speaking during the announcement of the final results of the elections…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) Chairperson Glen Mashinini has officially declared the 2021 Local Government Elections concluded as free and fair. This as the IEC announced the final results of the elections at the National Results Operations Centre in Pretoria on Thursday. More than 12 million South Africans…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The 2021 Local Government Elections have proved that multi-party politics is flourishing in South Africa and that everyone has an equal chance and opportunity to run for public office, President Cyril Ramaphosa says. The sixth Local Government Election was contested by a record 325 political parties and…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. 100% of votes has been tallied in Johannesburg, the metro is hung with both the ANC and DA failing to get a majority in the metro. Both political parties have seen a decline in numbers compared to 2016. The ANC has 91 seats with 33,60%, a decline…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Progress in the finalisation of results in the 2021 Local Government Elections stood at 98.5% of expected results by mid-morning on Thursday. The number of completed municipalities stood at 230 from a total of 257. In a statement, the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) said, at…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa will later today attend the announcement of the final results of the 2021 Municipal Elections. The Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) will make the announcement after South Africans headed to the polls to elect a new municipal political leadership on Monday. Special votes…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. After three days of ballot counting and capturing results, the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) has confirmed that 96.9% of the votes have been calculated as of Wednesday evening. IEC General Manager Granville Abrahams,said 96.9% of the votes have been finalised and collated,the results are awaiting…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Electoral Commission (IEC) has announced that vote counting for the 2021 Municipal Elections has been completed and progress in relation to the finalisation of results now stands at 79 per cent of expected results. "At the level of capturing, 96.9 percent of results are already in…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. An interim election satisfaction survey (ESS) assessment has overwhelmingly determined that the 2021 Local Government Elections were free and fair. The survey was conducted by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC). The HSRC was commissioned by the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) to conduct two studies…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The picture of who will run the country’s 257 municipalities became clearer as vote counting in the 2021 Local Government Elections reached 69% on Wednesday morning. On Tuesday, the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) had aimed to complete 90% of vote counting by that evening. However,…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. With the first day of vote counting still underway in the 2021 Local Government Elections, more than 50% percent of the votes have been counted. According to the Electoral Commission (IEC) dashboard at 19:19 on Tuesday, 51% of the national vote count had been completed, with the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Hours since South Africans cast their vote in the 2021 Local Government Elections, 40% of vote counting has been completed. According to the Electoral Commission (IEC) dashboard, 40% of vote counting had been done as at 3:15pm on Tuesday, with the African National Congress with 46.97% support,…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) estimates that 90% of vote counting in the Monday 2021 Local Government Elections will be concluded by the end of Tuesday. In its first media briefing since polls closed at 9pm, the IEC reported that, as at 10.30am, 27% of…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. As more results are finalised in the aftermath of Monday’s 2021 Local Government Elections, a picture of coalition local governments has begun to emerge. Vote counting is progressing at the IEC’s Results Operations Centre on Tuesday and the Electoral Commission anticipates tallying 90% of the votes by…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Results are slowly starting to trickle in as counting continued through the night. The low turnout was blamed on voter apathy, unhappiness about load shedding, fears about Covid-19 and general protest at years of poor governance, corruption, maladministration, wasteful expenditure, lack of service delivery and outright theft.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Independent Electoral Commission has announced the first result in the 2021 local government elections. The result is for Voting District (VD) 442 (Mvomvo Lodge) in the Umzimvubu Local Municipality, which falls under the Alfred Nzo District in the Eastern Cape. Ten people were registered to vote…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Voting stations have officially closed across SA. Stations were open until 9pm, although the IEC confirmed on Monday night that those who were in the line at their voting station at the closing time would still be allowed to vote. There was also the potential that -…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The DA has filed an official complaint with Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) over malfunctioning voter management devices. DA campaign manager Werner Horn confirmed the party had filed a complaint with the IEC over the issue. The IEC was this afternoon locked in a meeting, at…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. EFF leader Julius Malema received a warm welcome when he cast his vote at Mpongele Primary School in Seshego on Monday.Photo Credit: Thapelo Morebudi. Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema says he believes the vote of young South Africans could be decisive when all the votes…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has confirmed that a presiding officer in eThekwini in KwaZulu-Natal was arrested on Monday after allegedly stuffing marked ballots into a ballot box. IEC chairperson Glen Mashinini, briefing the media in Tshwane at the commission’s results operations centre, said the matter was…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Newzroom Afrika journalist Ziniko Mhlaba was arrested while covering the municipal elections in Orlando East,Soweto. Following an intervention from various stakeholders,he was released over an hour after his arrest. During a live broadcast at a voting station in Orlando East, Soweto, a police officer stood between Mhlaba…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has urged all registered voters to exercise their right to vote in the local government elections on Monday. Ramaphosa cast his vote at Hitekani Primary School in Chiawelo in Soweto on Monday. Speaking shortly after voting, Ramaphosa, who was accompanied by first…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. DA leader John Steenhuisen cast his vote at Northwood Boys High School, north of Durban and says that he would be open to party coalitions, but only under certain conditions. Steenhuisen walked through the gates of the school, followed by a trail of supporters who ululated and…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Former Joburg mayor Herman Mashaba has cast his vote at the Sandton Fire Station this morning. The ActionSA leader was met with enthusiastic greetings from Sandton residents as he stood in line. He was jokingly asked if he would be returning as Johannesburg mayor. Mashaba's party, ActionSA,…