Pretoria - The Democratic Alliance surpassed the total number of votes it garnered in the Western Cape in 2009, with a little over a million ballots still to be captured on Thursday.
By 3.20pm the ruling party in the province had won 1 050 459 of a possible 2.9 million registered voters for 57.28 percent of the ballot compared to the 989 132 (48.78 percent) at the end of the count in 2009.
The African National Congress had 33.97 percent of the vote so far with 627 526 votes, followed by the Economic Freedom Fighters with 40 869, which is 2.21 percent.
The African Christian Democratic Party and Freedom Front Plus stood at just over one percent each, earning each party just over 20 000 votes.
The Congress of the People dropped to under one percent, with 12 217 votes.
Provincially the DA is just short of 60 percent, which is almost 10 percent up from the amount of votes they garnered in 2009.
The ANC is in a similar position as five years ago with 32.84 percent of the vote so far. The ANC had a total of 31.55 percent at the previous elections.