Vote counting under way in South Africa local government elections

Counting is under way in South Africa after citizens cast their votes in the local government elections.

The vote is being seen as a test to the popularity of the ruling ANC party.

The party had around 46% of votes cast on Tuesday morning, with about 22% of votes counted nationally, according to state broadcaster SABC reported.

The party got about 54% of the vote at the last municipal polls in 2016.

The voter turnout of Monday elections is not yet clear but it came amid apathy, with a third of eligible voters not having registered, according to the electoral body.

Final official results are expected later in the week.