A woman votes during South Africa’s municipal elections. (Schalk van Zuydam, AP)
Cape Town – The African National Congress says extremely cold weather led to fewer of their voters making it to the polls in the Nama Khoi municipality, while the Democratic Alliance countered that people told them they were simply not going to vote.
Results from Wednesday showed the ANC’s support in the local Northern Cape municipality dropped slightly to 46.73%. The DA increased its support to 41.01%.
A possible coalition was on the cards, with the ANC securing eight council seats and the DA seven.
The Khoisan Revolution, a newcomer, secured a council seat and 5.15% of the vote. Cope, with 3.78%, took the remaining council seat.
“We are happy but also a little bit disappointed with the low voter turnout of just over 50%,” the ANC’s elections co-ordinator in the region, Lorenzo Faber, said on Friday.
He said it was extremely cold on Wednesday.
“We still need to meet and look at what could have possibly happened.”
Before the elections, Faber had predicted that voter turnout would be as high as 70%, just as in 2011.
The DA’s mayoral candidate for the municipality, Wouter Jordaan was emphatic that weather was not the problem.
“When we went door-to-door, the people said they are not going to vote,” he told News24 on Friday.
“We told them to try another party, but they said it is better not to vote. I would say it had to do with loyalty to old ANC figures like Mandela.”
Jordaan had previously predicted securing 35% support in the local municipality. He said on Friday they were very satisfied with their support.
On the possibility of a coalition, he said those decisions rested with national party officials and “discussions are ongoing”.
Jordaan said the party had raised an objection with the IEC over the measuring of the proportional representation votes in the region.
“We saw there is a fault on the results forms and we have an objection around that. There is some calculation fault. But we sent it through and it is on their side.”
IEC provincial co-ordinator Maruping Wildebees said they had not yet received any objection or complaint from Nama Khoi.
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