"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)


waiting is the hardest part

We still don't have election results from South Africa, but it's clear from the 1/3 or so of the votes counted thus far that the ANC stomped the competition. Right now they're leading by 65%. That said, there are almost no results from the crucial Gautang province, home to 23% of the country's registered voters. Turnout was huge in Gautang yesterday, so much so that the Independent Electoral Commission had to print an extra 1 million ballots just for the province.

Without Gautang's results, it would be irresponsible to call this race one way or the other. And in a consolidating democracy like South Africa, you don't want to have pollsters calling results based on 1% of the vote. It's very important that the public believes that every vote was counted before someone is delcared the winner.

(Photo: Oupa Nkosi, Mail & Guardian. Check out the rest of the M&G's fantastic photos of the election and the count.)


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