ANC takes Mpumalanga

2011-05-20 11:25

The ANC took 2.2 million votes (78.93%) in Mpumalanga, according to the final results of Wednesday’s municipal poll released by the Independent Electoral Commission today.

The Democratic Alliance followed with 387 756 votes (13.79%), and the Congress of the People trailed at 32 222 votes (1.15%).

The African People’s Convention garnered 24 765 votes (0.88%).

A total of 2.9 million ballots were cast – two ballots per voter, one for ward councillors and another for proportional representation.

Of the 1.7 million registered voters, 960 745 people made their mark.

In the Balfour municipality in Mpumalanga – the site of violent service delivery protests over the past three years – the ANC took 19 683 votes (59.82%).

The balance went largely to the DA with 4 645 votes (14.12%), Cope with 3378 votes (10.27%) and the Socialist Civic Movement with 2 897 votes (8.81%).

There were 2 766 spoilt votes. Altogether 12 076 of the 19 683 registered voters cast their ballots.

In the Emalahleni Municipality – which DA leader Helen Zille promised to fix in five years while on the campaign trail – the ANC took the largest chunk of votes, 189 936 (71.65%), while the DA garnered 66 451 votes (25.07%).

No other party received more than 1% of the vote in the municipality, which also saw service delivery protests ahead of the polls.

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