The ruling ANC was headed toward victory in the South African National and Provincial Elections on Friday as a partial vote count reveal.
As of 3am on Friday, ballots in 72 percent of 22,925 voting districts had been counted. The tallies put the ANC on 57 percent in the parliamentary race, with the main opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on 22 percent and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) on 10 percent.
Based on the latest results from the Electoral Commission, analysts predicted the ANC was set for a vote share of between 55 and 59 percent.
In the first national test at the ballot box for President Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africans voted on Wednesday for a new parliament and nine provincial legislatures.
The ANC achieved its best parliamentary election result in 2004 under former president Thabo Mbeki, when it won more than 69 percent of the vote.
Election officials said voting in general had progressed smoothly but that there had been isolated disruptions caused by bad weather, unscheduled power outages or community protests.