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All votes counted, seats allocated in 2016 elections

All votes have been counted, and seats allocated. At an event at the Results Operation Centre on Saturday evening, the Electoral Commission concluded the 2016 Local Government Elections with the final results announcement.
The IEC’s CEO Mosotho Moepya has explained it is important to make it as easy as possible for people to participate. There were an additional 1.3 million voters registered to vote in 2016 he said, and the 58% turnout was a sign that the IEC had succeeded in its endeavour.

According to an Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) study at voting stations, Moepya reported that 96% of voters believed the election were free and fair; 96% voiced general satisfaction with services of the IEC and 92% indicated they strongly trusted the Electoral Commission.

Moepya has said that on average voters spent 16 minutes in the queue waiting to cast their ballots.

With all the results now in for the City of Johannesburg, IEC Chairperson Glen Mashinini announced results by province and metro.

The ANC remains at the top of the list in what has been probably the most contested election ever in democratic South Africa. Having garnered 53,91% of support across the county, the ruling party has taken its biggest knock ever, losing control of two key metropolitan areas, Nelson Mandela Bay and the administrative capital, Tshwane.

The Democratic Alliance (DA), with 26.89% of the vote nationally, must be the biggest winner in this election, taking away both the Nelson Mandela metro and the Tshwane from the ANC.

President Jacob Zuma addressed the gathering, and was surprised by a silent protest by a group of four women, including Simamkele Dlakavu, who held up placards

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), contesting its first local government election, has walked away with some big wins and 8.2% of support across the country. The party also holds kingmaker position in a number of municipalities. The newcomers did not however manage to win even a single council.

The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) also made good stride in 2016, benefitting from the non-participation of the National Freedom Party. With just more than 4% of voters’ support across the country, the IFP has still managed to gain control of 7 councils and 427 seats.

There were a total 718 225 spoilt votes (out of a total 39 181 910 ballots in total) amounting to 1.83%. A total of 10 285 seats were up for grabs in this election, in 213 municipalities around the country, for the first time in the history of South African elections

President Jacob Zuma addressed the gathering, and was surprised by a silent protest by a group of four women, including Simamkele Dlakavu, who held up placards. They were later removed by security.

Dlakavu later tweeted “we are all okay.”

Members of the Economic Freedom Fighters staged a silent walkout.

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