THE ANC has retained power in the Nelson Mandela Bay metro, taking 51.5% of the votes with only a handful of ballots still to be counted.
The Independent Electoral Commission’s Eastern Cape provincial electoral officer Bongani Sinca said 99.6% of the votes had been counted in the metro, with 82.8% verified, scanned and audited.
“The results of the metro are known on the basis of what has been captured,” Sinca told journalists in East London on Thursday afternoon.
According to the IEC the ANC won 51.5% of the votes, the Democratic Alliance (DA), 40.24% and the Congress of the People (Cope) 4.93% by 13:00.
The DA and Cope had hoped to unseat the ANC in the metro by forming a coalition.
DA leader Helen Zille visited the metro five times during her campaign.