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Election Results: IEC gearing up to declare the final result but a political party is going to court to stop them

With 99 percent of the vote finalised, the IEC is ready to formally declare the result of the 2021 Local Government Election on Thursday.

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The Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) is gearing up to announce the final results of the 2021 Local Government Elections on Thursday evening, 4 November. However, a political party has approached the court s in a bid to halt the announcement.


At 8:30 on Thursday, IEC CEO Sy Mamabolo said that 98,5 percent of expected results have been finalised and 99 percent of the total results are already in the system awaiting scanning and auditing.

“This means of the 64 502 results expected, 64 467 have been captured into the results system. Of the 64 467 results captured, 64 402 have audited and 63 624 have been scanned into an image and thus available,” said Mamabolo.


  • Free State 100 percent
  • Northern Cape 99.9 percent
  •  Eastern Cape 98.2 percent
  •  North-West 99.9 percent
  • Western Cape 93.3 percent
  • Mpumalanga 99.8 percent
  •  Gauteng 99.1 percent
  •  Limpopo 98.4 percent, and
  • Kwazulu-Natal 99.5 percent.

Mamabolo said the provincial completion rate indicates that the result collation process is about finalised.

At a briefing on Wednesday night, Mamabolo said the Commission would not go to bed until all municipalities had completed their results. On Thursday morning, 230 from a total of 257 municipalities were 100 percent complete.

“The next step in the electoral process is for the Commission to formally declare the results and publish the names of the elected councillors,” said Mamabolo.

“The publication of the names councillors – designate will facilitate the convening of inaugural meetings of the re-constituted councils.”

The IEC was expected to announce the final results at 18:00. However, the National Freedom Party (NFP) announced that it was approaching the Pietermaritzburg court in a bid to stop the official announcement.

The NFP believes that it won seven wards in eDumbe, KZN, which differs from the IEC’s final results – six wards.