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While South Africans await confirmation of the date for the 2016 local election, the Department of Home Affairs has urged citizens to make sure they have the correct identity documentation needed to vote, as well as to remember to register in their wards this weekend.
The Independent Electoral Commission will announce the final results of South Africa's general elections at 6pm on Saturday. With just over 18-million votes counted by 3.30pm on Friday, voter turnout in Wednesday's election stood at 73.4%.
With counting in South Africa's national election over 96% complete by 11am on Friday, three new political parties - the Economic Freedom Fighters, the National Freedom Party and the African Independent Congress - are set to take up seats in the country's Parliament.
Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said there was no reason to jump the queue as he waited patiently at the Colbyn voting station in Pretoria on Wednesday morning for his turn to cast his vote in South Africa's fifth democratic elections.
There may be a fair amount of criticism of the government and widespread protests, but the reality is, South Africa's democracy is stronger than it has ever been. Citizens can criticise without fear and turn anger into positive action.
The Independent Electoral Commission has released three mobile apps ahead of Wednesday's election, including an app that allows voters to get the election results in real time, from the first result to the last, including the final seat allocation.
South Africa's security forces and law enforcement agencies stand ready to ensure the safety and security of Wednesday's general election, and will adopt a zero-tolerance approach to any would-be disrupters, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said on the weekend.
A statutory body established in terms of the Electoral Commission Act to promote and safeguard democracy in South Africa.
South Africa has thanked the international community for having confidence in the country after being re-elected as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for 2011-12.
With South Africa gearing up for election day on Wednesday, the Independent Electoral Commisssion launched the Western Cape Results Operation Centre at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on Friday.
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