Voter turnout key in fight for Nelson Mandela Bay - Steenhuisen

Democratic Alliance chief whip John Steenhuisen addresses party followers at the Royal Showgrounds.
Democratic Alliance chief whip John Steenhuisen addresses party followers at the Royal Showgrounds.
Amil Umraw, The Witness

Port Elizabeth – The party that's able to get voters to the stations on election day, will win Nelson Mandela Bay, DA chief whip John Steenhuisen said on Sunday.

Steenhuisen joined the campaign trail in the highly contested metro this weekend, where he said there was a palpable air of excitement because change was coming.

"It's visible when you are in the streets, when you are doing door-to-doors, just when you are out interacting with the public," he said.

The chief whip was part of a "hoot campaign" and various cavalcades in the city, where he visited Walmer, Schauderville and other areas.

He believes the local government election in Nelson Mandela Bay is going to be determined by voter turnout.

"The one who gets the voters out is going to take control of City Hall."

People in Nelson Mandela Bay were concerned about the economy, jobs and service delivery, he said.

"People are out of work, they need the economy of the city to be moving again."

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With two weeks left until the elections, the campaign trail is due to get even more intense. But the DA was committed to a fair and clean campaign, he said.

"The temperature is going to rise up in the next few days."

He predicted that political parties were going to start panicking as the August 3 election day loomed closer.

There were two major battlegrounds for these elections, Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay, he said, and the DA would be out in force in both areas.  

"We are not giving these people in Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay promises. We are showing them our track record."

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