WHILE the emergence of a new ruling party in the Eastern Cape is not highly likely, the ANC is gradually losing its stronghold in the province.
Voters in the Eastern Cape will probably let the ANC and UDM pay at the polls for alleged corruption, and the DA could benefit from better representation at voting stations â€“ if voters pitch.
These are the views of a few experts that Netwerk24 spoke to with regard to the elections.
The ANC has, for the past quarter of a century, had a firm hold on the Eastern Cape, but in the 2016 elections, this stronghold received a blow when the DA and smaller parties took over the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro and Kouga Municipality.
Ongama Mtimka, a political analyst, lecturer and researcher at the Nelson Mandela University (NMU), said these municipalities, as well as those of the Buffalo City Metro Municipality and a few in the Sarah Baartman-district municipality, would be indicators of the ANCâ€™s support.
â€œItâ€™s especially here that we will be able to see if the decrease in the support of the ANC has continued, stabilised or been reversed.
â€œBut the ANC will still receive the majority of votes, with the DA definitely being the official opposition,â€? said Mtimka.
Jan-Jan Joubert, a political reporter and author of the book, Wie Gaan in 2019 Regeer? says even in 2016 â€“ which was a difficult year for the ANC, the party still managed to triumph emphatically over the rest of the