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The MK Party shakes up the electoral race

The MK Party shakes up the electoral race

A recent eNCA poll shows the MK party as a major emerging contender.

ELECTIONS are just around the corner and all eyes are on Jacob Zuma’s uMkhonto Wesizwe (MK) party, which has emerged as a major contender.

Recent polls by ENCA have shown a notable increase in support for the party, suggesting it could play a pivotal role in the election outcome.

According to the survey, while other parties are losing support, MK has gained substantially, positioning itself as a potential decisive factor in the next election, should these figures be translated into votes.

The survey was published in Sandton, north of Johannesburg, on Wednesday 22 May. This is the second poll on South African sentiments ahead of the national elections on Wednesday 29 May.

Wayne Sussman of MarkData, commissioned by eNCA, conducted interviews with 3,046 households, representative of South Africa’s demographics. His research indicates that the ruling ANC is likely to receive just under 43.4% of the vote nationally.

If this prediction comes true, the ANC will need to form a coalition government, although it is not yet clear which party it will partner with. However, the poll also suggests that most South Africans are skeptical about the effectiveness of coalition governments.

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The poll indicates that the DA will maintain its second position despite losing support, falling from 20.0% in the February polls to 18.6%. The EFF is predicted to be overtaken by MK into third place, with a share of 14.1% of the vote.

At the provincial level, the ANC’s dominance appears to be weakening: MK leads in one province with 46.4% support, while the ANC falls to fourth place with just 11.1%.

The poll suggests Limpopo, Eastern Cape, Northern Cape and North West remain ANC strongholds, while in Mpumalanga, Free State and Gauteng, MK presence has reduced ANC support to less than 50%.

The Western Cape is also proving a challenge for the DA, as the Patriotic Alliance (PA) has stepped up its campaign efforts in the province. According to the survey, the DA is expected to win 44.4% of the vote, while the ANC will win 29.1%.

It is important to note that the results of these polls are not final and could change as South Africans make crucial decisions at the polls. The elections are shaping up to be the closest since the dawn of democracy.

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