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DA concedes loss in Bitou after ballot recount

The council will remain under the control of an African National Congress, Active United Front coalition.

Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) has conceded a loss in the Bitou Municipality following a vote recount.

The Independent Electoral Commission yesterday had to process about 1,000 ballots again from one voting station in Plettenberg Bay after the DA flagged issues with the calculation and recording of votes.

The council will remain under the control of an African National Congress, Active United Front coalition.

The DA's constituency head for Bitou, Donald Grant says, "The rational for us to question the recount was originally the large number of spoilt votes. In terms of the actual votes cast, there were minor errors. The DA went up by one vote, and the ANC came down by seven so that's not enough to change seat allocation."

Earlier this week, the court ruled in favour of vote recount in ward 5 after the DA filed an application last month, claiming there were issues with the calculation and recording of votes.

The party flagged alleged discrepancies with the recording of votes especially in St Monica's ward.