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ANC cuts into DA lead in race for Nelson Mandela Bay

The ANC claims the surge is due to the party securing an unconfirmed 36 wards.

FILE: Port Elizabeth City Hall. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN

PORT ELIZABETH - The Democratic Alliance (DA) is still edging the African National Congress (ANC) in the race for the Nelson Mandela Bay metro.

By 4pm, more than 80 percent of the votes have been counted and captured, with the rest of the results expected later this afternoon.

The DA has just over 50% of the votes while the ANC has 38%.

Earlier today the DA had opened a large lead against the ANC but that gap has since decreased.

ANC provincial chairperson Phumulo Masualle claims the surge is due to the party securing an unconfirmed 36 wards.

"We have actually increased the tally of the wards led by the ANC in terms of the outcomes, from our party agents and our candidates."

But the DA's Kevin Mehilam says the ANC is calling the metro way too early.

"Even if you have 36 seats, they would still have to get another 25 PR seats in order to have the majority in council."

Independent Electoral Commission figures at the moment, show the ANC has already secured 15 wards in the metro but so far the DA has the bigger turnout.

Voter turnout is important in this election because it translates to proportional representation seats for the party in council.