UDM confident ahead of elections

The party is confident it will increase its voter tally in this year's elections.

Former Cope deputy president Mbhazima Shilowa and UDM leader Bantu Holomisa (right) at a brief media briefing in Sandton. Picture : Reinart Toerien/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is confident it will increase its voter tally in this year's elections.

Former deputy President of the Congress of the People (Cope) Mbhazima Shilowa has thrown his weight behind the UDM, and has promised to bring with him hundreds of disgruntled Cope members.

UDM leader Bantu Holomisa says, " There is no doubt that this decision is going to strengthen the UDM. Remember that the people we are receiving are from all provinces, so that is a plus for the UDM, it is not just a group of people from one region."

Meanwhile, Cope's Johan Abrie has strongly rejected Shilowa's claims.

"Everybody has a democratic right to join whichever political party of his or her choice, we are members of a collective democracy."