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ANC leads the pack in Northern Cape, EFF making significant gains

09 May 2019 - 11:24 By AMIL UMRAW
The ANC is on track to retain the Northern Cape.
The ANC is on track to retain the Northern Cape.
Image: Alaister Russell

The ANC appeared well on track to retain control of the Northern Cape, with just over  80% of the province’s voting districts having completed their tallies by 10.30am on Thursday.

The results show that in Wednesday's elections the party received about 172,000 votes, which translates to 54.9% of the total provincial electorate.

The nearest competitor, the DA, managed to pull only half of that in the same period, at slightly more than 28%.

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The EFF, with 8.2%, appeared to be the one party gaining substantial growth in the province – its progress thus far having almost doubled the amount of support it received in 2014.

At national level, it remains too early to tell what the outcome of this year’s elections will be, as only 30% of all voting stations had completed their tallies by 10.30am.

With the Electoral Commission having verified about 4-million votes by this time, the ANC remained top, with 54.85%.

The DA was at 26.03% and the EFF at 8.48%.