The Democratic Alliance (DA) have responded to the release of a pre-election poll conducted by Markdata and released by ENCA on Monday.
The DA believe that the poll, like other pre-election polls, is methodologically flawed and should not be regarded as an accurate indication of registered voters sentiments.
The DA’s national spokesperson Solly Malatsi issued a scathing critique of the poll on Tuesday.
“It is important to note that a significant proportion of undecided respondents have not been allocated based on demographics or geographical weighting which should be standard practice in a poll such as this. Furthermore, the poll is rather out of date having been concluded more than a month ago on 12 March 2019, ” Malatsi said in a statement issued to the press.
The country’s biggest opposition party is hopeful that these elections could see the ANC lose its grip on government in some parts of the country, despite predictions of another win for the ruling party.
“The DA’s internal tracking and daily updates from the field show that more and more South Africans are uniting behind the DA’s message of change that builds One South Africa for All. In Gauteng, all indications show that the ANC can be beaten and in the Northern Cape, it is clear that the ANC can be brought below 50%. In the Western Cape, the DA looks set to retain the province, ” Malatsi went on.
The DA has urged all eligible voters to come out and vote on 8 May in what they believe could be a defining moment in South African history.
“However, in order to prevent a neck-and-neck situation with the ANC, every single voter who is determined to keep corruption out and is united behind creating a job in every home needs to come out and vote for the DA in order to keep the ANC & EFF out.
“This election is shaping up to be a defining moment in South Africa’s history. On 08 May, South Africans have a chance to end 25 years of wasted opportunities and bring change that stops corruption and puts a job in every home.
“At the end of the day, the only poll that matters is Election Day on 08 May. And on 8 May, we look forward to change that builds One South Africa for All.”
Voters who are unsure of their registration status or where to vote should visit elections.org.za.