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Friday, 31 May 2024 07:48

IEC's election results dashboard offline as ANC set to lose outright majority.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

The Electoral Commission of South Africa's (IEC) dashboard and election results screens have crashed at the National Results and Operations Centre (ROC) at Gallagher Estate in Midrand.

Fullview understands that the glitch has also spilled over to the IEC provisional results centres, its website and even the mobile app.

It's unclear what caused the glitch on Friday morning, with the IEC yet to give clarification what might have caused the outage.

In response a short while ago, IEC said, they apologise for the glitch on NPE system, and they're working on restoring service. The results system is still operational and local offices continue to capture results.

Early projections show that the (African National Congress (ANC) is on course to lose its outright majority for the first time since 1994 - it is expected to decline to 42.3%, a breathtaking 15-percentage-point decline in support.

Should the projection hold, the ANC would have to enter a coalition nationally, in KwaZulu-Natal and in Gauteng, and it has limited options on which party it could tie up with.

An option of (a group of small parties) nationally and in the two provinces would not be enough to take the ANC across the 50% line, the provincial numbers indicate. 

It will have to enter a coalition with either the DA, the EFF or MK.

A DA coalition is a more market-friendly option, but one which could have far-reaching implications for both parties internally.

Coalition talks are set to mark an inflection point between factions in the ANC, with those aligned to President Cyril Ramaphosa likely to take a vastly different stance to Deputy President Paul Mashatile and his allies in both Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.

uMkhonto weSizwe Party (MKP) continues to dominate at the polls, effectively kicking the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) into fourth spot, nationally.

With 12,050 of 23,293 Voting Districts completed, the ANC is at 42.34 percent, with the DA on 23.38 percent and the MK Party at 10.77 percent.

Counting continues with the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) set to deliver results within the seven-day deadline.

The Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) is continuing with the process of capturing and validating votes following the completion of voting, earlier this week.

"The process of results compilation entails ensuring accuracy and validation of the results. This process involves scanning each result slip to create an image of the result, double-blind capture of each result slip, and auditing each result slip by independent auditors. The result system was audited externally and parties had occasion to also audit," the IEC said.

A result is only considered complete when a result slip has been scanned into an image, captured on the results system, audited by independent auditors, and gone through the automated result system exception parameters.