EARLY RESULTS INDICATE SOUTH AFRICAN LOCAL GOVT POLLS MAY BE TWO-PARTY SHOW

Although more than 200 political parties participated in Wednesday’s South African local government elections, early results indicate that it may end up as a two-horse race between the ruling African National Cngress (ANC) and the main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA).

The ANC has wrestled the first ward of the 2016 local government elections from the DA in the Kamiesberg Municipality in Northern Cape province.

However, a two-party show was evident early on in the race for wards as the ANC led the race winning five wards to the DA’s four as at midnight after results of 5.0 per cent of the voting district had been declared. This amounted to 1,185 out of of the total of 22,612 voting districts.

While the DA won two of the three voting districts in the ward in the Kamiesberg Municipality, the ANC’s 84.28 per cent victory in the other voting district was enough to seal the ward for them.

The ward had been won by the DA in the 2011 municipal elections.

The ANC’s Magdalene Cathlene Rooi will be the councillor for the ward.

As at 23.10 pm, 50 per cent of the voting districts, which amounted to a total of 111 of 710 voting districts in Northern Cape Province, had been counted. Eight of the 16 voting districts in Kamiesberg Municipality had been counted.

The ANC had won the municipality in the 2011 local government elections and if the current trend continued, they should be able to retain it.

On a national scale, it continues to be a two-party show between the ANC and the DA at 54.77 per cent and 33.02 per cent respectively, with the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) trailing far behind at a meagre 4.54 per cent as at midnight.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK