power cuts in South Africa

South Africa: power cuts affect vote counting

South Africa’s scheduled power cuts have affected the pace of vote counting following the local elections that took place on Monday, local media report.

The electoral body had hoped to have counted 90% of the votes by Tuesday night but only 58% had been counted by Wednesday morning.

The state electricity distributor Eskom, had announced that it would be implementing the power cut, or load shedding, from 16:00 on Tuesday to 05:00 on Wednesday.

South Africa’s electoral body, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), said that the power outage had disrupted the process of vote counting.

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Its chief executive, Sy Mamabolo, is also quoted by state broadcaster SABC as saying that they were meeting Eskom officials to discuss the effect of the rolling blackouts on ballot counting.

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