South Africa's Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) says it is on course to announce the results of Wednesday's local government elections within the specified period.

Under the country's Electoral Commission Act, the IEC must declare results within seven days after elections.

We are on track and well within this timeframe, IEC chief executive officer Mosotho Moepya said Thursday, when updating the nation of the vote counting process.

Although South Africans are eagerly awaiting the outcome of the elections, Moepya appealed for patience from all stakeholders to allow the process to follow due diligence and accuracy.

As of 11 am Thursday, 77.8 per cent of the local government election results had been captured.

Following the capture process, the results are then subjected to independent audit verification before being finalised," Moepya added.

The results slip is also scanned so that it can be compared to the results on the system. This process is now underway in all provinces and will continue until all results have been finalised."

The process was almost completed for Northern Cape Province with 99 per cent of results finalised, according to the IEC in its regular media briefing on the vote counting process.

Moepya said the only outstanding results in the Northern Cape were for a few wards of the Sol Plaatjie Municipality.

Counting in Western Cape Province was following closely behind with 84 per cent completed, followed by Eastern Cape with almost 80 per cent completed and Free State Province with 74 per cent complete.

In Mpumalanga province, 60 per cent of results had been counted, while both KwaZulu-Natal Province and North West province reported 55 per cent of vote counting completed. At the bottom were the provinces of Gauteng and Limpopo which had completed approximately 47 per cent of results.

The ruling African national Congress (ANC) is leading the national votes with 66.03 per cent followed by main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA) with 20.66 per cent and the EFF with 4.85 per cent.