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UDM: We are just as surprised with poor EC results

With 98.5% of districts counted the UDM appeared to be the biggest loser with only 2.6% of the vote in its home province.

United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa speaking at the Cape Town Press Club on 5 February 2019. Picture: Lindsay Dentlinger/EWN

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this article erroneously stated that UDM national treasurer Thandi Nontenja said the loss of support for the party might be because of the controversy around Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor Mongameli Bobani. Nontenja, in fact, said the following: "No, especially when you take into consideration that whatever the DA accused Bobani of was unfounded. They couldn't come up with any evidence that points to Bobani up until today. So we refuse to believe that (the party's performance at the polls) has anything to do with him."

CAPE TOWN - The United Democratic Movement (UDM) was surprised by its poor results showing in the Eastern Cape.

With 99.92% of districts counted the UDM appeared to be the biggest loser with only 2.6% of the vote in its home province.

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The party got just over 6% in 2014.

National treasurer Thandi Nontenja said:

“We cannot say what went wrong, we are as surprised as any other person. These are not the results that we were expecting; we don’t have an idea with what went wrong because based on our campaigns and reception on the ground, we expected to perform very well.”