Even though the Western Cape suffered a low turnout at the polls on Monday, the Democratic Alliance (DA) still managed to secure a comfortable lead of more than 51% in the province thus far. The African National Congress (ANC) is slowly trailing behind with just over 18%.
And if you’ve been intrigued by the Good Party’s campaign, showcasing Patricia de Lille rocking boxing gloves, you’d be interested to know that this party is sitting just over 4% in the Western Cape, while the Freedom Front Plus is currently raking in over 4% as well.
It seems like the DA might maintain its position in the City of Cape Town, taking the lead with 63.03% while the ANC sits at 9.12%.
Despite 26.2 million registered voters, the IEC highlighted that the voter turnout was at 8 million by 5pm. The Commission said that it has noted reports about voters who couldn’t access their names on the voters roll, but was ” attending and responding to complaints as they are raised.”
When questioned about a shortage of ballot papers, the Western Cape IEC officer, Michael Hendrickse said: “We also received complaints of not enough ballot papers. We can assure the public there were enough ballot papers at all our stations. We were at a stage doing a process where we looked at the number of ballot papers based on the voters’ roll.”