Pretoria - The National Freedom Party is pleased with its preliminary national vote results, it said on Friday.

“It is the first time we contest the general elections and are happy with the results so far,” said NFP Youth president Sbusiso Mncwabe.

The NFP had received 276 065 votes just after 11am as final votes trickled in.

It had garnered 269 234 votes in its stronghold, KwaZulu-Natal.

The party, led by Zanele kaMagwaza Msibi, broke away from the Inkatha Freedom Party.