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UWC expects similar election outcomes

The Political Studies Department says the polls will see a realignment amongst opposition parties.

Many political parties are cramming in last minute electioneering ahead of the midnight deadline. Picture: supplied.

CAPE TOWN - The University of the Western Cape (UWC)'s Political Studies Department believes the outcome of the 2014 elections will be similar to the 2009 polls.

Department head Cherrel Africa says political parties that gained ground in the first democratic elections aren't necessarily going to do as well this time round.

"Where we see a realignment is amongst opposition parties. Parties prominent in 1994, for example the IFP [Inkatha Freedom Party], would shrink quite significantly."

But Africa adds some newcomers may do surprisingly well.

"The new parties, for example the EFF, will make some inroads. However, by and large, the patterns would be predominantly the same as 2009."

Many political parties are cramming in last minute electioneering ahead of the midnight deadline.

The Democratic Alliance ( DA) in the Western Cape says it's campaigning in all 111 wards today.

The Economic Freedom Fighters ( EFF) will be hosting a night vigil in Langa, while the ANC has activities planned until midnight.

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille says the DA also has a busy few hours ahead.

"I went out to Kleinvlei and to Eerste River on a roadshow to ask them [the people] to give the DA another chance for another five years to continue with the work we have been busy with.

"This afternoon, I will visit Atlantis and Mitchells Plain."

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