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In photos: Friday in the belly of the IEC beast

It's Friday and the 2014 election results are pretty much finalised. GREG NICOLSON wandered through the IEC’s Pretoria hub to record the day's jubilations, sorrows and disappointments.


The DA team poses in front of the results board after they reached four million votes. Photo Greg Nicolson.


The DA leader Helen Zille addressed the media saying she’s happy to have increased the number of black voters supporting the party. Photo Greg Nicolson.


IEC chairperson Pansy Tlakula smirked at questions on her leadership and did not address them. Photo Greg Nicolson.


The ANC’s Lindiwe Zulu reads The Star, stating the party’s 63% election result. Photo Greg Nicolson.


The election was declared free and fair by both African Union and SADC observers. Photo Greg Nicolson.


Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota stays true to his word and eats his hat after the party received reduced support. Photo Greg Nicolson.


At the Gauteng IEC results centre the EFF protested about irregularities in the elections. They held up ballot papers found dumped which supported the EFF. Photo Greg Nicolson

Main photo: Terror Lekota wipes his eyes as he briefs the media on Cope’s results. On the table lies hats, one which he bit into, and condiments. Photo Greg Nicolson.