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President Cyril Ramaphosa to Attend IEC’s Final Results Announcement Ceremony for 2024 Elections

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Johannesburg – President Cyril Ramaphosa is scheduled to attend, participate, and address the Independent Electoral Commission’s (IEC) Final Results Announcement Ceremony of the 2024 National and Provincial Elections today at 6 PM. The presidency has confirmed that proceedings will begin today, Sunday 2 June 2024, with the President arriving at 17:20 at the National Results Operations Centre located at Gallagher Estate, Midrand.

South Africa Awaits the Final Results

South Africans cast their votes on Wednesday, 29 May 2024, in what marks the seventh democratic National and Provincial elections since achieving the right for all citizens to elect a government of their choosing. The official Election Day followed special voting days on 27 and 28 May.

This year’s elections were notable for being the first to implement the Electoral Amendment Act, which became law in June 2023. This legislation broadened the range of candidates by allowing independent candidates to compete alongside party candidates in both National and Provincial Elections.

Political Stances on the Election Outcome

President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to deliver an address as part of the results ceremony. Meanwhile, various political leaders have expressed their perspectives and reactions to the results.

EFF leader Julius Malema has stated that the “EFF ACCEPTS THE ELECTIONS RESULTS,” acknowledging that while there were discrepancies, they would not materially affect the outcome. Malema emphasised that these issues should teach the IEC valuable lessons and help expose any malpractices. He made these comments while addressing the media at the IEC’s National Results Operations Centre in Midrand.

On the other hand, ACT President and former ANC Secretary General, Ace Magashule, has accused certain IEC officials and the ANC of vote theft, claiming that ballot boxes were tampered with. He formally objected to the IEC on Friday before the 9 PM deadline and labelled the results as “completely rigged”.

Calls for Recounts and Rejections

The MK Party has unequivocally rejected the election outcomes, citing allegations of electoral fraud and calling for a recount. Several political parties in the Western Cape, excluding the DA, are demanding a recount and have filed objections, accusing the DA of vote rigging.

IEC’s Handling of Objections

Electoral Commission (IEC) Chairperson Mosotho Moepya has reported that the commission has received 579 objections. Speaking at a media briefing at the National Results Operations Centre late on Saturday, Moepya assured the public and the media that the commission was actively processing these objections and that the leaderboard at the ROC would fluctuate as they considered each case.

Moepya explained, “As we consider objections before us, there will be those that require or will implicate the reopening of edit windows for results to be corrected.” He clarified that 10 window edits had been authorised to align slips with captured results and that these had been attended to.

General Themes of Objections

The objections thus far fall into several categories:

  • Incomplete results processes when objections were filed.
  • Reports from third parties indicating discrepancies in how votes were reflected.
  • Allegations under oath about votes not reflecting correctly at particular stations.
  • Queries about seat allocations and their considerations.
  • Concerns about the conduct of parties, agents, and supporters during special votes and Voting Day itself.

“We will work through everything before us carefully and thoroughly,” said Moepya, reassuring citizens that the IEC would act impartially and diligently, albeit with a long night ahead.

Public and Political Reactions

MK Party leader Jacob Zuma, representing 26 smaller parties in the election, addressed the media yesterday, calling for the IEC to grant more time for lodging numerous “serious” objections. Zuma stressed the necessity of additional time to gather detailed information on these allegations, warning that the premature declaration of results could provoke unrest.

“Nobody is going to die if the results aren’t announced tomorrow,” Zuma commented, stressing the importance of thoroughness over speed.

Current Standings

As of now, the results are almost complete, with 99.99% of the votes tallied. The ANC is leading with 40.21%, followed by the DA at 21.76%, MK Party at 14.59%, and the EFF at 9.51%.

The final announcement awaits confirmation after the resolution of outstanding objections.

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