As the hours tick on and draw closer to election day, political parties can do nothing but hope that their respective election campaigning has swayed enough people to inspire an increased voter turnout.
As reported by Sowetan Live, the DA believes that this will be crucial in determining the outcome of the elections in the Western Cape.
DA fears it may lose Western Cape if voter turnout is low
The party has retained majority rule in the province for ten years. It was almost certain in every election since 2009, that the province would sustain its status as a DA-led region.
However, recent machinations have raised a few eyebrows on the party’s ability to keep its seat at the helm.
The DA’s Jonathan Moakes has been very critical of independent voter surveys that predict a slump in growth for the party.
He noted that while they were aware of the potential impact certain issues of the past may have on the party’s performance at the polls, these surveys were notorious for getting it wrong where the DA is concerned.
“I cannot comment on internal polling, but I will state that we are of the view that companies such as Ipsos and Markdata use flawed methodology and have a history of under-counting the DA,” he said.
ANC taunts DA on losing its support home base
The departure of former Cape Town mayor and founder of the newly-formed Good party, Patricia de Lille, coupled with indecisiveness on critical policy issues such as Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) and Affirmative Action, are just some of the problems the party faces.
Added to that is the threat of the ANC’s resurgence in the province, under the leadership of President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Before concluding his campaign at Ellis Park Stadium, the president made stops at key DA-stronghold areas in Cape Town on Friday, urging supporters to turn up at the polls in their numbers to vote the DA out of power on Wednesday, 8 May.
The ANC’s Zizi Kodwa further taunted the idea of the DA losing its home base support. He stated that besides the issue of corruption, Mmusi Maimane’s party had no clear vision for its people.
“We’re no longer talking about corruption, we’re dealing with corruption and they identified corruption with a certain individual in the ANC. Those two are no longer the issue, so they’ve become irrelevant. They’ve opted [for] fear-mongering,” he said.
“We are attracting the black vote” – Moakes
For Moakes, the indicators from their internal polling suggest a different turnout. He revealed that slowly but surely, the party is managing to sway the black vote.
“Trends that we see from our campaign indicate that we are seeing significant growth from black voters in particular,” he added.
This, coupled with the voter turnout, will determine the party’s position after 8 May. Right now though, Moakes admitted, the DA’s landslide victory in the Western Cape is not set in stone.