We Could Not Have Campaigned Harder: Zille

May 8, 2014, 10:23am

The Democratic Alliance could not have fought a harder campaign for the 2014 general elections, with leader Helen Zille positive about the party's prospects as vote counting was underway late Wednesday night. "Yes, I'm normally very positive about how things will turn out. We couldn't have fought a harder campaign. We couldn't have worked harder. "We worked day and night for 73 days and now it's up to the voters," she said on the floor of the Electoral Commission of SA's (IEC) National Results Centre in Pretoria. Having travelled to three different provinces over the course of election day on Wednesday, Zille said it felt good to see democracy in action once more. "It was wonderful. Nothing can compare to knowing that there has been a free and fair election, relatively speaking. It might not have been as efficient as we like but I think it was generally free and fair, unless we have some major, major glitches or complaints coming, but its a great feeling," she said. "Here, to watch the leaderboard and to have your stomach churning and a whole range of other things, it's a good feeling." It was too early to comment on the DA's and other parties results, which would impact on what decisions were made after the elections was over. "It all depends on how well we do. If we have to form any coalitions, it will mean we will have brought another party below 50 percent, and that's a long shot but let's [see] where we can do it," she said. "We don't know. Suppose it depends where we bring the ANC under 50 percent and Gauteng's a possibility, a stretch but a possibility." With voting stations having closed on Wednesday night, Zille was not happy with the IEC's performance on the day. "I wasn't happy with the IEC. There were many, many polling booths that opened late, many that ran out of ballot papers, many that ran out of ballot boxes. Some I even heard of that didn't have the scanners," the DA leader said. "Now, that is frustrating stuff. You got to be able to get your act together to open the poll on time, to have the equipment ready, have the ballot papers." Sapa /aw/aa/ks