- The IEC has declared 52% of voting district outcomes following Monday's local government election and the top three have been named
- The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have come in third and presently hold nearly 10% of the national vote
- The EFF have gained control over two wards in the Metsimaholo Municipality in the Free State, which was previously an ANC stronghold
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More than half of the voting districts' votes have been counted and so far, the EFF is in third place nationally. The ANC and DA are first and second, respectively.
This local government election recorded a low voter turnout but it seems that EFF supporters made sure to cast their vote, which has gained the party almost 10% of the nation's vote.
According to SABC News, this figure markedly increased from the 8.6% they achieved in the last local government election in 2016.
EFF pleased with results as they achieve in the Free State
Ompile Maotwe, Party Treasurer General for the EFF, has said that all results beyond the party exceeding their 2016 local government election result are a bonus and that they are grateful to the voters for going to the polls.
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“So, we are quite excited about that, so we want to thank our people really for coming out in their numbers as they promised to remember, we were doing door to door, we were doing community meetings and our people promised they would come out in numbers and vote for the EFF and the numbers are showing,” says Maotwe.
Another reason why this election is a record-breaker for the EFF is that this is the first time they have secured wards in the Free State's Metsimaholo Municipality. The EFF are overjoyed at this win as they can make strides in wards previously controlled by the ANC.
ANC, DA, FF+ first to win wards
Earlier, Briefly News reported on the ANC, DA, and FF+ being the first political parties to win wards.
The ANC is taking the lead in the Mvomvo Lodge Voting District of the Umzimvubu Local Municipality, Eastern Cape. All the votes at Letsemeng Local Municipality in Cederberg Eerste have been counted and the DA has lost a seat while the ruling party took it.
The ANC's majority has dropped a little since previous elections, putting it at 64.5%, while the ruling party has managed to get an additional seat. It now has a total of 9 seats in the municipality. The EFF's support in the region dropped to 10.7% from 11.7%.
Source: Briefly News