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.