South Africa’s main opposition ramps up election campaign

Democratic Alliance
Democratic Alliance

Members of Democratic Alliance (DA), the second largest party in South Africa, on Tuesday morning gathered in the country’s legislative capital Cape Town, witnessing the unveiling of the DA election poster for the city.

Electoral Commission of South Africa on Sept. 6 announced that registration for voters will close on Sept. 20, following a registration weekend from Sept.

18-19, which offer all eligible South African citizens an opportunity to register or update their registration details at all the 23,151 voting stations.

DA members crowded the sides of a narrow street on the foot of Table Mountain, cheered as party leaders spoke about the upcoming local government elections, or municipal elections due on November 1.

Federal Leader John Steenhuisen, Federal Chairperson Ivan Meyer, Western Cape Leader Albert Fritz addressed the gathering, as well as the incumbent Cape Town mayor Dan Plato and DA’s Cape Town mayoral candidate Geordin Hill-Lewis.

The municipal elections that are held every five years will elect leadership at metropolitan, district and local levels. DA gained control of Cape Town in 2006’s municipal elections and currently governs 27 municipalities, which are mainly in Western Cape Province, the only province not won by the African National Congress (ANC) during the last national and provincial elections.

DA this year submitted a candidate in every ward for the first time and it has started campaigns in different municipalities.

Among major cities in the country, DA is seeking for an outright majority in Cape Town and Nelson Mandela Bay, and being the biggest party in Tshwane and Johannesburg, Steenhuisen told Xinhua on the sidelines of the gathering.

He said there are “unknown variables” at this stage to predict DA’s performance in the upcoming elections, including whether ANC would fill vacancies on its candidates list, as the electoral body announced a new deadline for candidate nominations after ANC reportedly failed to register candidates in 93 municipalities, out of over 200 municipalities, before the original deadline due to technical problems.

However, the party leader said he was positive that the campaign messages DA has been delivering will find resonance among voters across the country. Enditem

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