Pretoria - The counting of votes in the Eastern Cape concluded on Friday afternoon and saw the ANC walking away with an overwhelming victory.

The African National Congress received 1 528 102 votes (70.13) percent), according to preliminary results.

This was a little more than one million votes ahead of the official opposition Democratic Alliance.

The DA received 352 010 votes (16.16 percent), and Bantu Holomisa's United Democratic Movement came in third with 134 276 (6.16 percent).

Of the 2 211 493 votes cast in the province 2 178 836 were valid.

There was a 68.25 percent voter turnout.

Sapa