Battle of the cities: Tightest race in PE

2011-05-19 09:36

The battle for the cities is on with the tightest election race by far taking place in the Nelson Mandela Bay metropolitan municipality.

With 654 000 votes having been declared by 11am, the ANC was leading Port Elizabeth with 50.5% of the vote, followed by the DA on 42% and Cope on 5%.

Contemplating a coalition government with Cope, the DA hoped that the embattled opposition party of former ANC minister Mosiua Lekota would attract more votes from Port Elizabeth’s townships.

In the City of Cape Town the DA was heading for a massive victory that will almost certainly see Independent Democrats leader Patricia de Lille become mayor of the Mother City.

With 630 000 votes counted, Helen Zille’s party was leading with 80% of the votes, followed by the ANC on 15

%. Although township votes were outstanding, the DA expected to dramatically increase its 2006 outcome of just over 40%.

In Tshwane the DA’s dream of taking of power was fading. With just over 300 000 votes being declared, the ANC was heading the way with 55%, followed by the DA on 40%.

Township votes were outstanding and analysts expected the majority of these votes to go to the ANC.

The City of Johannesburg was lagging behind with the number of votes declared. The results of only 183 000 votes have been published, putting the DA in front with 52%.

The ANC was in second position with 43%.

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