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DA top dog as Nelson Mandela Bay vote counting concludes

The final tally shows the DA with 46.71% of the vote and the ANC with 40.92%.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane (R) and Nelson Mandela Bay mayoral candidate Athol Trollip (L) fix a placard to a lamp post in Bethelsdorp, Port Elizabeth, on 24 June 2016. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - With all the votes now counted in the Nelson Mandela Bay metro, the DA has won the council with 46.71% of the vote.

The ANC is second with 40.92% and the EFF is third with 5.12%.

The DA has indicated its been talking to various opposition parties to enter into a coalition because it has failed to win a majority.

The UDM has 1.91% and has already confirmed that DA leader Mmusi Maimaine has been in contact.

The outcome means the DA has secured 57 seats in council, the ANC 50, the EFF six, the UDM 2 and five other parties will have one seat each.

Democratic Alliance (DA) mayoral candidate for Port Elizabeth, Athol Trollip, says the party is looking forward to putting a government together to lead the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality.

The African National Congress (ANC) has accepted defeat in one of the biggest metro's in the country where the DA is currently leading.

Trollip says the DA will now enter coalition negotiations with other political parties.

Earlier, the ANC's Jackson Mthembu said they'd accepted defeat and withdrew a complaint over results in the municipality.

"We have had a discussion with our structures and we've approached the IEC and took a decision as the ANC that we should withdraw the dispute in Nelson Mandela Bay because we are magnanimous in victory. Equally, when we are defeated, we accept defeat," Mthembu said.

Yesterday, the ruling party officially launched a complaint with the IEC regarding comments made by DA leader Mmusi Maimane over an announcement claiming that his party won the Nelson Mandela Bay metro.

SA POLITICAL LANDSCAPE CHANGED

The South African Council of Churches (SACC) says the 2016 local government elections have changed the country's political landscape.

The council has just held a briefing at the national results centre in Tshwane.

While the ANC has more than 54 percent of the overall vote, there has been fierce competition from the DA in some metros.

The SACC's bishop Malusi Mpumlwana has congratulated South African voters for this week's peaceful elections.

He says while there were reports of problems at some polling stations, this did not interrupt the voting process.

"We extend our thanks and express our appreciation to the political parties for their leadership, clearly indicating a mature democracy."

The bishop noted early polls results which showed an upset for the ANC.

"The elections have changed the face of our political landscape with the traditional governing party not retaining majority in significant municipalities like the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro. It's noted that the ANC has been gracious in accepting this situation."

Meanwhile, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has arrived at the results centre in Tshwane.

As IEC officials continue to count ballot papers, the ANC says it's recorded 14 million votes overall so far, compared to just over eight million in the 2011 municipal elections.

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