Cape Town - It has been revealed that the standout province in terms of Democratic Alliance growth is the Eastern Cape where the party could garner 26.6% of the vote in the upcoming elections – a significant increase on its 2009 showing of 9.9%, reported the Sunday Times
Citing a survey commissioned by the newspaper and conducted by Ipsos, the report said the collapse of the Congress of the People (Cope) in the province had probably contributed to this increase.
Eastern Cape DA leader Athol Trollip said last week that the ANC is in for a shock in the province in this election.
Although the survey suggests a 16.7% gain, Ipsos says this is unlikely but that the party will secure at least 15% of votes in the province.
Trollip had already been very optimistic after the release of by-election results late last year.
According to a Sapa report
, by-elections were held in wards five and nine in Kouga (Humansdorp) municipality, Ward two in Mnquma (Butterworth) municipality, and Ward 13 in Nkonkobe (Alice) municipality on Wednesday.
The DA had retained Ward five in Kouga, while the ANC had kept control of the rest.
Trollip said the DA had shown "stunning growth" in Kouga's Ward nine.
"We grew from 33% of the vote [in the 2011 local government election] to 44% of the vote, in the face of desperate intimidation by the ANC."
The DA candidate in Ward nine had obtained 44% of the vote.
"In ward two in Mnquma the result was particularly exciting, where we grew from 8.7% of the vote to 21%," he said.
Such growth showed the DA was on track to do well in the 2014 elections in the Eastern Cape, Trollip said at the time.