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DA heads to court for a recount of votes in Bitou Municipality

The party filed an application claiming votes at one voting station in Plettenberg Bay don't add up.

FILE: The DA missed out on a majority by just over 40 votes. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) has officially asked the Electoral Court for a recount of votes in the Bitou Municipality.

The party filed an application with the court on Thursday afternoon, claiming votes at one voting station in Plettenberg Bay don't add up.

It missed out on a majority by just over 40 votes.

A successful appeal could provide complications as a mayor in the Active United Front and African National Congress-led council was inaugurated last week.

The DA's constituency head for Bitou Donald Grant said, "We are hoping they will review these papers and respond positively to us within 10 days from last Thursday."

Grant says other parties are welcome to make inputs.

"It's standard practice that all the people who have contested that ward gave receive the papers and if they wish to, they can submit their own information to the Electoral Court."

It's unclear when the matter will be decided.