Early risers braved the cold and the rain this morning to cast their ballots in Nelson Mandela Bay, where 19 parties are contesting in the local government elections.
With the latest Ipsos poll giving the DA the upper hand at 44% , the party has squared up for a win, but the ANC’s Danny Jordan, the current mayor, says there is no science behind the polls.
He cast his ballot at the Portuguese Club in Summerstrand just after 8am. Hundreds of eager voters queued from the early hours of the morning in the heavily DA occupied area.
Their paths briefly crossed when DA mayoral candidate Athol Trollip made an appearance at the voting station before heading to the Westbourne Oval to cast his vote.
Standing in the queue where Jordaaan was to cast his vote was former ANC chief whip, Stone Sizani who said he hoped the ANC would do some introspection after these elections.
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“When you are a champion, you have to face adversity in order to prove your strength, and I think it is good for the ANC to be facing this battle. Hopefully they can do some introspection and see where their strengths lie and where their weaknesses lie.”
An Ipsos poll indicated last week that support for the DA in Nelson Mandela Bay had grown by 2% to 44%, while support for the ANC had also grown by two percentage points to 30%. Support for the EFF was still at 6%.