The General could have helped us do better – UDM in Eastern Cape

2014-05-09 10:45

If the idea of having Bantu Holomisa stand as their premier candidate in the Eastern Cape had come sooner, the United Democratic Movement (UDM) may have fared better in the province, provincial UDM spokesperson Wandile Tsipa said.

Provisional results show the ANC has secured an overwhelming victory of 70% in the province, followed by the DA at 16%. The UDM got 6%.

Speaking from the IEC results centre at the Regent Hotel in East London, Tsipa said that although they accepted the results, it was disappointing that Holomisa wouldn’t be premier.

“The idea of General Holomisa standing as premier in the province was made by ordinary members of the community while campaigning was already in full swing.

“This was already in the campaign season. Maybe if we had more time to sell the idea and resources at our disposal we could have done better,” Tsipa said.

He said he was happy that his party had done better than in the 2009 elections when it managed to get only 3.9%.

Phumulo Masualle, provincial chair of the ANC, welcomed the results which he said were a reflection of the effort they had put into the campaign.

“Our structures and volunteers never rested. We went door-to-door telling people about the good story of the ANC. Today our people have responded overwhelmingly and placed their trust in the ANC,” he said.

Masualle echoed his party’s secretary-general, Gwede Mantashe, that the victory did not mean that the ANC should sit back and celebrate but should work hard to deliver services to those people who had entrusted them with their lives.

“This victory has given us a mandate to deliver to our people the things we have been promising them while campaigning. I think we would do well not to disappoint our people and deliver services to them as we promised,” said Masualle, who is in line to become the next premier of the province.

Meanwhile, the EFF’s Themba Wele, who is his party’s premier candidate, believes they did well to get 3%, though he would have loved to get at least 5%.

“For a new party which had not been tried and tested, we did well. We had no resources and had to double our efforts to get where we are. It’s time for us to go back to the drawing board. But we must thank those people who voted for us because we could not have done it without them,” he said.

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