Who will govern the Western Cape after the 2016 Local Government Elections

Voting stations opened on Monday to allow those who registered to cast special votes to exercise their democratic rights. However, its been reported that the special votes are off to a slow start.

John Maytham spoke to Daniel Silke, Political analyst about the prospects for the Cape Town metro and Western Cape at large.

DA could scoop votes in the Western Cape especially in the city, according to Silke. If one bases election trend projections on recent bi-elections, the DA could increase its chances by 61%.

There is nothing that suggests that the DA will get less than what it got back in 2011

Daniel Silke, Political analyst

One can only assume that the best possible result would be that the ANC vote would remain absolutely static.

Daniel Silke, Political analyst

The ANC will be punished for its lack of leadership in the Western Cape.

Daniel Silke, Political analyst

He says some independents may challenge the DA in some of their traditional heartlands.

I think that will represent isolated pockets of dissatisfaction. There are more independents standing this year than before

Daniel Silke, Political analyst

Silke says the fluidity of the overall vote does allow the incumbents to feel a little more nervous.

He says there is more interest in the local elections than usual because national issues have been so top of mind in recent months. This could result in a higher turn out at the polls.

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