(Photo: file, Gianluigi Guercia, AFP)
Pretoria - The counting of votes in the Eastern Cape concluded on Friday afternoon and the ANC walked away with an overwhelming victory.
The African National Congress received 1 528 102 votes (70.13%), according to preliminary results.
This was a little more than one million votes ahead of the official opposition Democratic Alliance.
The DA received 352 010 votes (16.16%) and Bantu Holomisa's United Democratic Movement came in third with 134 276 (6.16%).
Of the 2 211 493 votes cast in the province 2 178 836 were valid.
There was a 68.25% voter turnout.