ANC continues to lead in the North West

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Mafikeng - The African National Congress (ANC) continues to lead in the North West province with 74 percent of the counted votes, followed by the Democratic Alliance (DA).

Ballot papers from 600 voting stations have been counted in the province.

"We are currently having the ANC leading with 74 percent followed by the DA with 10.53 percent, while the Congress of the People (Cope) and the United Christian Democratic Party (UCDP) has 7.9 and 3.5 percent of the votes respectively," provincial electoral officer, Dr Tumelo Thiba said.

She said the counting was still at an early stage and they were expecting the numbers to increase rapidly as the day progresses.

Dr Thiba indicated that in the North West province, there were 1 502 voting stations with about 900 voting stations still remaining to be counted.

At least 16 57 544 voters were registered in the province, however 15 64 357 voters turned out at the polls in Wednesday's General Elections

Independent analyst, Professor Andre Duvenhage of the North West University Mafikeng Campus said the smaller parties were also expected to make a showing in the province, especially when votes in the rural areas were counted.