DA wins six more councils in 2016
Sat, 06 Aug 2016 13:33:15
Siyabonga Africa –
The 2016 Local Government Elections (LGE) has delivered the governing African National Congress (ANC) its weakest showing since the former liberation party-cum-political party ushered in democracy in 1994.
By midday on Saturday, the party was sitting on approximately 16-million ballots or 53.83% of the national vote. Its closest political rival, the Democratic Alliance (DA) in comparison had drawn just under eight-million ballots or 27% of the popular vote.
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) by midday had won 2.4-million votes or 8.14% of municipal support.
In 2011, the ANC secured 62.93% support – or 16.5 million votes – across the ward and proportional representation (PR) ballot papers. Although the 2016 LGE delivered a similar national turnout of 58%, the party’s reduced tally at the ballot box seems to have been impacted by this reality.
This year more than 26-million people had registered to vote and over 15-million of those voters making it to the polls from Monday when the special votes were open.
With a fifth of the country calling Gauteng their home the province had the highest number of people registered to vote (around 6-million) and saw the largest number of people coming out to vote at just close to 3.5-million. Following that was KwaZulu-Natal with more than 5.4-million registered voters of which around 3.3-million showed up to the polls.
In the last poll, the ANC’s haul had afforded it 198 councils and 5631 municipal seats.
Five years later, the party now has 5034 seats nationwide and 174 councils.
The DA in comparison had won 24% of the popular vote in 2011, translating into 18 councils and 1555 seats. In the 2016 LGE, the DA had thus far won 24 councils and 1680 seats – marked increase of six councils and 125-seats.
The Western Cape, the DA’s provincial stronghold, had the highest number of people turning up to vote after registering at 63-percent. KwaZulu-Natal and the Northern Cape came second and third respectively with 61% of their registered voters casting their vote whilst Gauteng followed the national trend of 58%.