Counting underway in South Africa's general election

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Counting is underway in South Africa’s general election after the country’s Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) declared voting had gone smoothly and without incident.

The first results in from the Eastern Cape showed the ruling African National Congress (ANC) to have 148 votes with most other parties on zero.

Turnout figures are expected to be high – this being the first election since Nelson Mandela died, and the first time people born after white minority rule will have cast a ballot.

The ANC is tipped to win with more than 60 percent , returning President Jacob Zuma for a second five-year term despite being dogged by a corruption scandal.

His main challenger is Helen Zille. Her Democratic Alliance (DA) polled around 16 percent in 2009 but she’s been gaining ground this time round.

Julius Malema of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) hopes to see his new party get its first parliamentary seat.

A firm idea of the outcome should emerge within 24 hours of the polls closing with the full result due sometime on Saturday.