Seats awarded to different political parties were determined by the number of votes, divided by the 30 seats that were available in the Northern Cape Provincial Legislature
HAVING won the provincial elections with a 57.54 percent majority, the ANC will receive 18 seats in the Northern Cape Provincial Legislature, two seats less than last year.
The DA, which scored 27.51 percent, will be awarded eight seats, where it had seven seats previously.
The EFF, with 9.71 percent of the votes, has gained an extra seat where it will have three members to represent the party in the legislature.
The Freedom Front Plus (FF+), which came in fourth highest with 2.68 percent of the votes, has one seat.
Cope (0.86 percent) has meanwhile lost its seat and newcomer party Good (0.83 percent) also did not attract enough votes to secure a seat in the legislature.
The Northern Cape was the first Province to capture its results from its 707 voting stations, despite a delay at the Joe Morolong voting district where the system crashed. Ballot papers had to be moved to the Ga-Segonyana voting station for counting.
The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) officially declared the elections as being free and fair on Saturday evening.
IEC provincial manager Elkin Topkin explained that seats awarded to different political parties were determined by the number of votes, divided by the 30 seats that were available in the Northern Cape Provincial Legislature.
Topkin stated that the IEC was “disappointed and concerned” over the 10 percent drop in the voter turn-out.
“We will need to relook at voter education. The voter turnout in 2014 was 73 percent while this year it was 64 percent. This is worrying and we will have to go back to the drawing board to address this. The rainy weather could have been a factor, although we checked the weather forecast and requested all service providers to reinforce voting structures and we did not have any tents that blew down.”
Topkin said that they had completed capturing all the results on Friday morning at around 10am.
“We will have to look at installing a bigger line of up to 20 megabytes in 2020/21 to prevent further technical glitches at the Joe Morolong Municipality. The images that are sent through are quite bulky and that affects the speed at which data is sent.”
He added that any objections lodged regarding a spoilt ballot were considered to be a minor complaint and was dealt with during the counting process.
“Most of the major objections were lodged nationally and local political parties indicated that they accepted the results. Other than reports of long queues at some of the voting stations, the process went smoothly. None of the voting stations ran out of ballot papers.”
Topkin acknowledged that the IEC would in the future need to make use of indelible ink that could not be removed with household bleach.
“The identity document scanners did act as a control measure to prevent double voting. We are aware of one person in the Province who presented himself at three voter stations. The matter has been reported to the police for investigation. Double voting is an extremely serious offence, where if found guilty an accused could be sentenced to a prison sentence of up to 10 years.”