ANC leads in Potch despite list muddle

2011-05-19 19:38

Pretoria - The ANC was leading in the Potchefstroom municipality on Thursday, despite failing to register candidates in seven wards.

According to the latest election results, the ANC had garnered 58.57% of the vote (93 511 votes) and the DA 36.58% (58 405).

The Freedom Front Plus had 2.66% (4 244) and the Congress of the People 1.58% (2 515).

A total voter turnout of 55 058 was recorded by 17:00 with each person generally casting two ballots - one for ward councillor and the other for proportional representation.

A total of 88 942 people registered to vote in the municipality.

Opposition parties were bolstered by the ANC's reported failure to submit lists in seven wards ahead of the poll, believing that this would cost the party the municipality.

There are 26 wards in the municipality.

ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said five of the seven wards were opposition wards anyway, but that the ANC would be represented "from the proportional representation side".

"From the proportional representation side, we will have councillors in all those wards anyway."

The ANC said it would probe the oversight and that action would be taken if any wrongdoing was found.

The matter would be 'pursued" after the election, Mthembu said.

  • george07 - 2011-05-19 20:23

    voter apathy ,illiteracy , intimidation , not voting for the opposition even when dissatisfied with your own party,bribery to vote for a certain party , are possible reasons .

  • Jan - 2011-05-19 20:41

    I wonder how many 'white' votes did the ANC get? The ANC is, to me, a party that only represents one race of people. While the DA is looking out for all races and is truly a representative party of our wonderful country. Election choices should be based on performance of a party and not on race. Campaigns should be positive and not garner votes based on fear. Hopefully one day in the not too distant future, we will have true democracy in South Africa. Where elections are based on political views and service delivery and ability to govern. That day I fear has not yet arrived.

  • World Traveler - 2011-05-19 20:48

    anc are going to fail in the next few years, service delivery will be their downfall! The rot begins!

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