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Negative forecasts may end up helping ANC appear victorious, says Friedman

Political analyst Professor Steven Friedman says that negative polling predictions and political commentary may in fact help the ANC appear triumphant in the municipal elections.

A great deal of election data has set up expectations of an ANC setback, which could make the ANC seem victorious if the doomsayers are proved wrong.

Much of what we're being told is that the ANC has no chance in Tshwane, Joburg and Nelson Mandela Bay. If that prove to be incorrect, it may look pretty for the ANC if it emerges as the biggest party.

Professor Steven Friedman, political analyst

Friedman compares the 2016 municipal election build up to the outcome of the 2009 national election.

He adds that electoral politics are becoming highly competitive and that opposition parties are playing a greater role in framing the agenda.

Listen to the the full conversation from The Midday Report from Stephen Grootes:

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