ANC pleased, but cautious about success

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Pretoria - The African National Congress (ANC) is pleased with the progress it is making in the 2009 General Elections, but cautious about making predictions before the full counting process is completed.

"We are happy with what we are seeing, but we are cautious about making predictions and announcements until all the votes are counted. But we are quite happy with our performance at provincial and national level," said ANC spokesperson Jessie Duarte.

Vote counting is continuing at the Independent Electoral Commission's Results Operation Centre in Pretoria, where the ANC has almost garnered a two-thirds majority.

Speaking to BuaNews from the centre, Ms Duarte said the party was happy with what it was seeing on the results leader board.

The party had gained 66.5 percent of the votes since polling stations closed on Wednesday.

She added that the party had expected the Western Cape, where the Democratic Alliance (DA) is currently holding the majority of the votes in the province, would be a challenge.

"We were expecting that the Western Cape would be a challenge, which it is, but there are still votes from the whole Cape Town metro which needs to be counted and that's where our stronghold. We are waiting," said Ms Duarte.

Currently the party holds 31.94 percent of the vote in the Western Cape while the DA has a 49.3 percent of the votes.

The ANC currently are celebrating the progress it has made in the elections at the party's headquarters Albert Luthuli House in Johannesburg.