File: IEC Chairperson Pansy Tlakula, accompanied by a sign language interpreter, addresses the media at the National Results Operation Centre, in Pretoria on 8 May 2014.
JOHANNESBURG - The election results are usually released within five days of the polls.
Q: Can the results be delayed?
A: Yes, there are various reasons this could happen. An agent could make an objection to the counting officer regarding any alleged inaccuracy in the counting of the votes or the determination of a result.
The counting officer will then decide the objection in the prescribed manner and whether to order a recount. If a recount is ordered, the counting officer will then determine afresh the results.
Another scenario is if the counting officer discovers irregularities and discrepancies on the ballot papers.
The counting officer will then invite the presiding officer who delivered the material to a meeting in which a way forward to resolve the issue will be discussed with a number of IEC officials.
This process may be lengthy, thus resulting in the delay of the declaration of the election results.
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Source: Independent Electoral Commission