DA may defeat IFP in KZN

2014-05-08 23:14

The Democratic Alliance looks set to displace the Inkatha Freedom Party as the official opposition in KwaZulu-Natal.

With almost 92% of the votes counted in that province late tonight, the DA had overtaken the IFP with 11.9% (390 917) of the vote compared to the IFP’s 11.5% (375 539).

The DA had 9.1% (318 559) in 2009 and the IFP 22.1% (780 027). The IFP was the governing party with more than 50% of the vote in the province in 1994.

Earlier in the day, the IFP was leading, but as the results started trickling in from the urban polling stations, especially around Durban, the DA results picked up.

At the time, DA party leaders said their projections showed they would become the third biggest party in the province.

Party analysts said their gains in the province were largely because of three factors: One is the demise of the Minority Front, whose leader, Amichand Rajbansi, had died.

They said early indications were that many of the party’s Indian voters had voted for the DA in yesterday’s elections.

The MF so far has 31 731 (just under 1%) votes, and looks set to drop from the 2.1% (71 506) it got in 2009.

Also, the shackdwellers’ association Abahlali BaseMjondolo endorsed the DA last week, urging its more than 20 000 supporters in the province to vote for the party.

Thirdly, the split between the IFP and the National Freedom Party, which got 253 724 (7.7%) votes so far, had weakened the IFP.

The ANC, which has grown in the province and which is set to remain victorious, so far has 64.6% of the vote. It had 62.1% in 2009.

The final results are set to be out tomorrow, and are expected to be formally declared on Saturday.

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