Some seats reserved for political parties at the Gauteng IEC centre were empty yesterday and the would-be occupiers failed to turn up again during vote counting.
Parties such as the United Christian Democratic Party (UCDP), African Christian Alliance, National Democratic Convention (Nadeco), SA Democratic Congress (Sadeco), Great Kongress of SA and New Vision Party (NVP) had no representatives.
"Some party representatives did not pitch up at all. Water bottles placed for them remain sealed as you can see," said IEC Gauteng spokesperson Solly Kganyago.
The rest of the parties' representatives started trickling in just after midday.
Sadeco is a breakaway from the Nadeco - itself a breakaway from the IFP.
The NVP is headed by former journalist Ike Kekana. The UCDP is led by former Bophuthatswana leader Lucas Mangope.
Gauteng coordinator of Women Forward Khabo Leshaba was all alone. She said her party, which was formed last year in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, consisted of women and men, "contrary to what people believed because of the name".
"We are contesting elections in Limpopo, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal. We're doing well, given the fact that our party was formed just a few months ago," she said.
At least 20 parties took part in the election in Gauteng.