South Africa

Early results for local elections show no surprises


Around 10.9 million of the 23.6 million South African voters are reported as having voted in yesterday’s local elections.

Full results are not expected until the weekend, but early results would suggest that the African National Congress (ANC) are on course for about 63% of the vote, slightly better than predicted in recent opinion polls, but down from their 2006 poll of 66%.

Currently the main opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) are on about 25.49% of the vote, that’s up from their 2006 performance of 14.8%. However, those figures may be false as a lot of the early results have come in from DA strongholds. The DA are increasing their representation in the Western Cape.

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