Parties gunning for Nelson Mandela Bay
Wed, 03 Aug 2016 07:34:11
Long queues of voters are expected at voting stations in the hotly contested Nelson Mandela Bay Metro in the Eastern Cape on Wednesday.
A number of parties have shown interest in governing the Metro after the elections.
In the past few months political leaders have descended on the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro with one goal in common, to wrestle the Metro from the African National Congress (ANC).
Wednesday’s election in this Metro is seen as a two horse race between the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the ANC but small parties are adamant that they are in to win it.
Parties such as the United Democratic Movement (UDM) and the newly formed United Front have been on a vigorous campaign around the Metro.
While coloured parties and civic organisations have come together to contest the elections under the Patriotic Alliance, targeting coloured votes.
The coloured votes in the 2011 Local Government Elections was a split vote between the ANC and the DA.
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), which will be contesting the Local Government Elections for the first time, are also targeting the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro and are not ruling out any possibility of a coalition with any party except the ANC.