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