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ANC wins first municipal council as EFF trails far behind

The African National Congress has won the first council of the 2016 local government elections in the Kamiesberg Municipality in the Northern Cape. The ANC won all four wards in the municipality and four seats, while the DA and the EFF have won 2 and 1 PR seats respectively.

The municipality had been won by the governing party in 2011.

The municipality, which includes towns Garies, Hondeklip Bay, Kamieskroon, Koingnaas, Leliefontein, is a Category B municipality established in 2001 in accordance with the demarcation process.

As at 02h15, 14% of the voting districts, which amounted to 3180 of the 22612 of the total number of voting districts, had been declared.

On the national scale, the ANC continued to lead race for wards with 67 wards, to the DA’s 56 and the Karoo Gemeenskap Party surprisingly having secured two wards.

Generally, the ANC had secured 67 seats to the DA’s 56, with the EFF trailing far behind with a solitary seat. The first results were not inspiring for the EFF so much that while the ANC averaged 51% nationally, the DA at around 34%, the EFF trailed behind at an average of 5%.
Meanwhile, African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General Gwede Mantashe has commended the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) on its conduct on voting day.

Speaking after the first results were announced, Mantashe said that the Commission had acted in a professional manner which inspires confidence in the election process.

“I am very comfortable about how the IEC dealt with the issues. Even when you phone in a voting district and you say, ‘listen there is a problem,’ they responded. So, even if we blame we must not blame the IEC. That comforts me when I know there were parties that were trying to delegitimize the IEC. They have done well now it is up to us as parties how much work we have done and the results will reflect that.”

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