#Elections2014: DA leads WC

With 90 percent of the votes now captured, the party looks set to retain the Western Cape.

Democratic Alliance supporters chant in Cape Town on 7 May 2014. Picture: Amanda Moore/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) looks set to retain the Western Cape with 90 percent of the votes now captured.

The party is leading the pack in the province where there are 2,9 million registered voters.

During the 2009 elections, the DA garnered just under one million votes.

This time around, the party has over 1,1 million of the captured votes and counting continues.

The ANC is second on the leader board with 34 percent of the vote, which is slightly better than the party's 2009 performance in the province.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) caused an upset for other smaller parties, garnering two percent of the votes.

The African Christian Democratic Party and the Freedom Front Plus are just above one percent of the vote, while other parties like the Congress of the People failed to reach the one percent mark.

PRETORIA

The results at the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC)'s National Results Operations Centre in Pretoria have passed the 82 percent mark with the rest expected later this evening.

The commission says the highest number of South Africans ever voted in yesterday's elections, with 12,62 million ballots captured so far out of 25,3 million people registered to vote.

With the majority of votes counted, the final picture of the 2014 elections is beginning to emerge.

The ANC has secured a second term for President Jacob Zuma while the DA looks set to remain the official opposition.

But there have been some surprises in the election with the EFF getting more support than any other opposition party in the North West and Limpopo.

Provincially, the ANC has taken all provinces except the Western Cape but the final results still aren't in for a number of provinces, except the Northern Cape.

The ANC won 64,40 percent of the vote in the province while the DA got 23,9 percent.

said it is confident that it will be able to pursue its radical

economic policies now that its place in Parliament is certain.

The EFF is looking quite strong and is sitting at 5,3 percent nationally.