ANC unseats DA coalition

2010-10-07 12:09

The ANC has won two seats from the Democratic Alliance-Independent Democrats coalition in Oudtshoorn by-elections, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) said today.

In its electoral report the IEC said the ANC won by 40.48% in Ward 5 in Bridgeton and by 54.03% in Ward 12 in Dysseldorp in by-elections yesterday.

ID leader Patricia de Lille said yesterday: “I can assure you that the ANC will not get this ward.”

DA’s Helen Zille added: “I am hoping that they will decide for a future with the DA.”

Previously held by the ID, the two wards had been regarded as a litmus test for the DA-ID coalition.

Two vacancies became available when two ID councillors resigned in protest against the merger between the DA and ID. Both joined the ANC.

Incidents of assault were reported in Oudtshoorn last night after the announcement of the results, the SABC reported.

However, police spokesperson Captain Bernadine Steyn could not comment as no case had been opened with police.

“I am aware of the allegations, but I cannot confirm as no case was opened with the police,” she said.

The ANC claimed 11 of the 12 wards in the Eastern Cape.

One was won by an independent campaigner.

The ruling party also won the only by-election in KwaZulu-Natal and claimed all three by-elections in the Free State.

Six wards were uncontested.

The IEC said 58,761 voters had been registered in the 18 wards.

Other by-elections would be held in November.

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