ANC takes 3 wards from other parties in by-elections

2014-08-14 10:36

The ANC scooped three wards previously held by other political parties in yesterday’s by-elections, according to results released by the Independent Electoral Commission today.

African National Congress candidate Thozamile Qushani scooped Ward 40 in Port Elizabeth from the Democratic Alliance with 50.59% of the votes.

The ruling party also secured Ward 4 in Indaka, KwaZulu-Natal, with 59% of the vote. The ward was previously held by the Inkatha Freedom Party.

The ANC also won Ward 25 in Rustenburg, with 73% of the vote. The ward was previously held by an independent candidate.

In total, the ANC scooped eight wards in the by-elections, three of which were uncontested – Emakhazeni (Belfast) in Mpumalanga, and wards 6 and 12 Rustenburg in the North West.

The DA won 17 wards, but 16 of them were retained from previous elections.

The only ward it scooped from the ANC was Ward 20 in Polokwane, Limpopo, with 64% of the vote.

More than 63 000 South Africans cast their votes in the by-elections out of a registered population of almost 200 000.

The IEC recorded 304 spoilt votes.

Port Alfred was the only ward to record no spoilt votes.

Ward 25 in Rustenburg recorded the highest number of spoilt votes at 102.

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