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DA to ensure ANC delivers in E Cape

The DA says it’ll use its position as the official opposition to ensure the ANC keeps its promises.

Thousands of DA supporters gathered in Kliptown, Soweto, for the party’s We Can Win concert, 4 May 2014. Picture: Democratic Alliance/Twitter.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Eastern Cape says as the official opposition, it will make sure the African National Congress (ANC) delivers on its promises.

The ANC won the Eastern Cape with an overwhelming 70 percent while the DA got just more than 16 percent of the vote.

Watch: #Elections2014: Votes come thick and fast

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) grabbed the third spot with 6.1 percent.

The Congress of the People (Cope), which was the official opposition in 2009, has been bumped to fifth place, receiving just more than one percent of the vote.

The DA's Athol Trollip says, "We are now the official opposition and we're thrilled to have won that position at the ballot box and we're certainly going to hold the ANC to account."

Meanwhile, the ANC has denied that protests in the area have been linked to a lack of service delivery.

ANC provincial secretary in the Eastern Cape, Oscar Mabuyane says, "There's an element of sluggishness in efficiencies and effectiveness in certain areas where those issues would take the element of discontent in the population but other than that, out people have really been good and working really hard."

Cope President Mosiuoa Lekota on Friday conceded the leadership squabble between him and former party leader Mbhazima Shilowa cost his party votes.

Lekota addressed the media at the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC)'s results centre in Pretoria on Friday after it emerged his party had lost heavily in the polls.

He honoured his promise to eat his hat if Cope finished lower than before, but said it was not yet time to throw in the towel.

"We will emerge from this campaign confident that the future must be easier than the past and that the majority of our problems lie behind us."

Watch: #Elections2014: Counting, protests and hats

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