Mantashe: Higher turnout than 2006

2011-05-16 12:47
Johannesburg - Voter turnout in Wednesday's local government election will exceed that of the 2006 polls, ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe predicted on Monday.

"It's going to be better than 48%... Because I've been there, we've talked to people, we have a sense of the mood," he told media at a discussion in Bryanston, Johannesburg.

He added, however, that he was putting his "head on a block".

Voter apathy was a concern ahead of the municipal election, with South Africans generally focusing more on national polls.

The Independent Electoral Commission also launched the "Love your SA" campaign to get people to votes. Turnout at the last two local elections was reportedly at 48%.

Mantashe's assessment of the "mood" was that it was "close to that of the national election".
"The turnout's going to be better this time."

He summed up the ANC's election campaign as a "good" one, saying the party had been to "every corner of the country" to drum up support.

The ANC wrapped up its campaign with a rally at the FNB Stadium on Sunday, which drew a 91 000-strong crowd.
 

- SAPA
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