ANC 'ecstatic' about Nelson Mandela Bay

2011-05-19 14:09

East London - The ANC is ecstatic about winning the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality, the party's Eastern Cape leader Phumulo Masualle said on Thursday.

"We are absolutely happy. We are ecstatic," Masualle said in East London shortly after it became apparent that the party had an unassailable lead in the metro.

"We are ready to run Nelson Mandela Bay again. We will work continue with opposition parties to improve the lives of the poor in the metro.

"That is the most important task."

The Independent Electoral Commission's Eastern Cape provincial electoral officer Bongani Finca said on Thursday that 99.6% of the votes had been counted in the metro, with 82.8% verified, scanned and audited.

"The results of the metro are known on the basis of what has been captured," Finca said in East London on Thursday afternoon.

According to the IEC, the ANC had won 51.5% of the vote, the Democratic Alliance 40.24 percent and the Congress of the People 4.93% by 13:00.

The DA and Cope had hoped to unseat the ANC in the metro by forming a coalition.

DA leader Helen Zille visited the metro five times during her campaign.

Masualle said the ANC had "done its work" in the metro in getting people to vote.

Their response was "very encouraging", he said.

- SAPA
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