2019 election restuls

IEC CEO Sy Mamabolo briefs media on the counting progress of votes at Results Operations Centre in 2019. Photo: GCIS/Flickr/Siyabulela Duda

Election Results: IEC completes 90 percent of vote, ‘will not go to bed’ until election result is declared

The IEC said 89,8% of expected results are finalised and 99,3% is already captured on the system. Mamabolo said the Commision would not rest until results in all municipalities have been declared – 80 are still incomplete.

2019 election restuls

IEC CEO Sy Mamabolo briefs media on the counting progress of votes at Results Operations Centre in 2019. Photo: GCIS/Flickr/Siyabulela Duda

The Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) provided an update on the progress made in the finalisation of the results of the 2021 Local Government Elections at 20:00 on Wednesday, 3 October.


“The perennial elusive 90 percent is now at hand,” said Chief Electoral Officer Sy Mamabolo, with a laugh. The Commission had committed to achieving this percentage too early and has struggled to live up to its words.

Mamabolo said progress in the finalisation of the results stands at 89,8 percent of the expected results. While at the level of capturing, 99,3 percent of the results are already in the system.

“This means that of the 64 502 results expected, 64 062 have been captured into the results system. Of the 64 062 results captured, 62 539 have been audited and 58 956 have been scanned into an image and thus available to parties,” he said.

At a provincial level, the Northern Cape continues to lead the way. It’s completion rate is 99,9 percent. “They just need one result to conclude the process,” said Mamabolo.

The Eastern Cape (93,2%), North West (95,2%), Western Cape (88,8%), Mpumalanga (91,6%), Gauteng (90,7%) and Free State (98,6%) have nearly completed their results.

“The completion rate in the rest of the provinces [KZN and Limpopo] ranges between 83,9 and 88 percent,” said Mamabolo.


The Commission said that 177 out of a total of 257 municipalities have completed their results.

Mamabolo would not commit to a specific time for completion but vowed that the Commission would not rest until all the municipalities in South Africa had finalised their votes.

He explained that the eThekwini metro in KwaZulu-Natal was completing its votes at a – relative – snail’s pace because auditing in the metro is lagging behind. “We don’t want to push auditors because we want them to do a thorough job.”

“Now, you may ask a question: when are we likely to conclude everything? In that regard, our position is that we will not go to bed until the results are all declared for all the municipalities,” said the CEO.

When questioned about the lessons learned by the Commission during the election, Mamabolo said that the main takeaway thus far was that an election such as this should not be rushed.

“Never attempt to do an election of this magnitude in 42 days. Do not do it, it’s dangerous and may lead to disputes which may be very difficult to resolve.

“Having said that we will have the opportunity to debrief with political parties and staff and look at observer reports and take a look at the lessons learnt and make changes to legislation accordingly,” added the CEO.

As of 20:57, the IEC Municipal Elections Results Dashboard is reporting that 89 percent of the results are complete.

For the live results visit https://results.elections.org.za/dashboards/lge/