Lekota satisfied with Cope’s 2.2%

2011-05-20 18:39

Support for the Congress of the People (Cope) dived from 8% in the 2009 election to 2.2% of the vote in this week’s municipal elections. But Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota reckons the party’s 243 new councillors in 150 municipalities countrywide constitutes a satisfying performance.

Addressing journalists at a media briefing at the national IEC centre in Pretoria today, Lekota said the election results showed that voters who were dissatisafied with the performance of the ruling party-led government have moved their votes to Cope.

This, he said, was evidenced by the fact that the decline of support for the ruling party in several municipalities can be directly linked to the size of Cope’s vote in those areas.Cope was particularly happy with its support in working class and poor communities, as reflected by the fact that its support in Limpopo, Northern Cape and Eastern cape had increased.

Asked who Cope would support in councils equally divided between the ANC and the DA – where it would have the role of kingmaker – Lekota said the party would choose coalition partners on the basis of its own policy. Its decisions will not be influenced by former friendships.

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