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Spoilt ballots total 1 seat in KZN

2014-05-09 12:48
(Rodger Bosch, AFP)

Durban - The number of spoilt provincial ballots in KwaZulu-Natal equalled the number of votes needed for one seat in the provincial legislature, the IEC said on Friday.

The Electoral Commission said this was no more than in previous elections and not a cause for concern.

Provincial chief electoral officer Mawethu Mosery said with 98% of the votes counted by lunch on Friday, there were about 41 000 spoilt votes, but no marked impact of a no vote campaign.

"We did not pick up any trends on the no-vote campaign."

In the 2009, there were 43 713 spoilt votes.

He said he was happy with the voter turnout which hovered around 75% with four municipalities recording percentages higher than 80.

The uMngeni local municipality (Howick) had an 83% voter turnout, with 81% in the Msunduzi local municipality (Pietermaritzburg), uMhlathuze local municipality (Richards Bay), and Kwa Sani local municipality.

Mosery said there were no objections the provincial IEC was dealing with.

He said the official announcement on the number of seats allocated to each party would be announced on Saturday.

The official opposition is likely to be the Democratic Alliance, which would oust the Inkatha Freedom Party as the second largest party in the province.

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- SAPA
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