2016 Local Elections: 59.29% of the voters turned out to vote

Sat 29 October 2016 | -- (permalink)

According to the current data only 59.29% of the people registered to vote for this year’s Municipal Elections showed up.

The Independent Electoral Commission(IEC) thanked the millions of voters who braved the cold, windy weather to make their mark and have their say in the 2016 Municipal Elections.

Current data shows that over 59.29% of the voters turned out to vote in what has been labelled the most contested elections since the dawn of democracy. “The Electoral Commission is proud that once again South Africans have voted peacefully, patiently and passionately,” the IEC CEO Mosotho Moepya said.

The commission was also grateful for the dedication of nearly 200 000 election officials who worked from very early yesterday morning to very early this morning in many cases to complete the voting and counting process as well as party agents and observers who oversee the process to ensure its integrity.

With regards to incidents, Moepya said they have noted the reports of a disruption at the Johannesburg results centre early today.

Tempers frayed as the capture of results was delayed in the area. “The Electoral Commission deployed the Vice Chairperson and the Provincial Electoral Officer to the centre and the situation was quickly resolved,” said Moepya, adding that the commission was not aware of any results slips which have gone missing in Johannesburg