IEC Results Operations Centre in Pretoria is a hive of activity ballots were being counted at voting stations around South Africa. Picture: African News Agency (ANA)

Port Elizabeth - The capturing of results in Nelson Mandela Bay is sixty percent complete and early results show the African National Congress (ANC) at 45.42 %, the Democratic Alliance (DA) at 40.65% and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) at 7.39%. 

This is according to the IEC shortly before noon on Thursday. 

The total number of votes cast in Nelson Mandela Bay sits at 140 465 and of that 1331 were spoilt votes - of the 60 percent of the votes counted so far.  

IEC Regional Supervisor Crosby Bacela, said they expected all the results to be captured by 3pm for Nelson Mandela Bay. Bacela said some of the challenges were that presiding officers arrived late on Wednesday night into Thursday morning. 

It was reported that presiding officers were ready to dump the ballot boxes at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium because they had problems getting through to the verification process. 

IEC Regional Supervisor Crosby Bacela.  Video: Raahil Sain/ANA

They reportedly had been waiting at the stadium since 1am. "I think people were suffering from fatigue that's why they keep on panicking. There is a process. I think what we have done to provide a second room for them to submit their results. That actually assisted the municipality," said Bacela. 

In the Eastern Cape, the ANC were at 68.8 percent, the DA at 17,53 percent and the EFF at 6.84 percent. Before noon, 50 percent of the votes were captured in the Eastern Cape, according to the IEC website.

African News Agency (ANA)