“We’ve got some small stations that are going to close at 9 o’clock and they will then start counting immediately. The first results should start coming in around 11 o’clock tonight,” said Pansy Tlakula, chairperson of South Africa’s Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), at the IEC centre in Pretoria.
She warned however that big voting stations like Joubert Park may keep their voting polls open till midnight to cater to the capacity.
“You’ve got big stations like Joubert park, which has about 1 1000 registered voters. The queue will close at 9 o’clock but everybody who is in the queue at 9 o’clock will be allowed to vote. Typically, that station will continue with voting until midnight. After that the counting of the ballots will start,” explained Tlakula.
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Big stations’ results are expected to be announced on Thursday.
While many opposition parties have called for the vote to be extended till Thursday, Tlakula stated that it cannot be extended according to South African law.
“The law is clear, election day is today and in terms of our law, voting takes place in one day so we are hoping and we are committed to ensuring that each and every voter who is in the queue at 9 o’clock will be given the opportunity to vote until the very last one has voted,” she said.
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