ANC flag waved in Port Elizabeth. (Lulama Zenzile, file)
The ANC retained its traditional heartland, the Eastern Cape, with 68.74 % of the vote on the provincial ballot when the final voting station was captured at around 23:30 on Friday evening.
However, it saw a slight drop in support, as it obtained 70.09% of the vote in 2014.
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The DA, with 15.73 % is in second place, and the EFF in third with 7.84 %.
The DA also saw a drop in support, continuing its nationwide trend.
In 2014, the party obtained 16.2% of the vote. The trend that party grew in every election since 2004 in the province, is thereby halted.
The EFF saw significant growth, almost doubling its support from the 3.48% it achieved in 2014.
The UDM, whose base is firmly situated in the Eastern Cape, also saw a considerable drop in support.
Bantu Holomisa's party achieved 2.6% of the vote, compared to the 6.16% it had in 2014.
Newcomers ATM is in fifth place with 1.52% of the vote.
The FF Plus and ACDP also had marginal growth.
The FF Plus got 0.58% of the vote, compared to 2014's 0.31%, and the ACDP grew from 2014's 0.33% to 0,47%, buckling a downward trend in the province, as its share of the vote the vote declined in every election from 1999 onward.
The province saw a low voter turnout with only 59.51% of the registered voters casting their ballots.
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