Two days into the municipal elections, emerging reports have confirmed that the African National Congress (ANC) is taking an early lead despite low voters turnout at various voting polls, SurgeZirc SA reports.
SurgeZirc SA understands that at least 17% of counting had been concluded and uploaded at the Results Operation Center in Pretoria, with 3,972 of the 23148 voting districts having finished their counting.
Similarly, 313 of the 2815 voting districts in Gauteng had completed counting their ballots which is amounting to about 11%.
SurgeZirc SA check revealed that as of the early hours of Tuesday morning, the ANC is leading in five local councils in clear majority control of at least three of those municipalities and while others were hung.
Statistics of overall support have remained unchanged as of this morning, with 45.70%, 26%, 8.40%, and 4.18 for the ANC, DA, EFF, and FF Plus respectively.
However, multiple reports have also revealed that the ANC, DA, the FF Plus, and the EFF were the only political parties that have been competitive at the polls.
A total of 207 of the total 213 councils across the country had still not been counted and the ANC enjoyed early control of 232 wards, while the DA, FFPlus, and EFF controlled 89, 3, and 2 wards, respectively.
Reacting to the preliminary results, the EFF national organizer Mgcini Tshwaku said despite the setback and slow start of the EFF in elections results he is confident that things will change as counting continues.
Tshwaku went further to express his optimism stating that the party is pleased with its performance so far at the polls.
“We used to have one PR seat there, and now we have got three seats and we actually won a ward there. We are expecting this upward trajectory to continue, but it is still too early to tell,” Tshwaku said.