IFP sweep to victory in Nquthu

2017-05-31 06:03

IFP supporters celebrated their landslide victory in the Nquthu Municipal elections last Wednesday in which the party won 14 of the 17 wards and the ANC three wards.

Together with the PR allocation the IFP has a comfortable majority of 19 councillors, the ANC 11 and DA, EFF and NFP one PR councillor each.

The IFP retained the 10 wards it won in the 2016 elections and took a further four wards, previously held by the ANC.
The IFP took 50% of the vote in Wards 1 and 10, 46% of the vote in Ward 13 (where the ANC won 63% of the vote in 2016) and 59% in Ward 14.

Voter turnout was 60.44% - the IFP received 25 993 votes (58.04%) and the ANC 15 751 (32.72%)

In the 2011 elections the new National Freedom Party (NFP) took a big chunk of the IFP’s support base, and the ANC took over Nquthu with the backing of the NFP.
In the 2014 National Elections, ANC won 50% of the vote with IFP picking up 27% of the vote, and the NFP receiving 16% - in last week’s voting this had dropped to 2.20% of the total vote

The election was declared free and fair by the IEC and was incident free.

The IFP resounding victory puts it in control not only of Nquthu but also of the Umzinyathi District Municipality - Umvoti is now the only ANC-led council of the four municipalities making up the district - Nquthu, Msinga and eNdumeni are IFP controlled.

For the past 10 months, since the August municipal elections, at least seven attempts to elect office bearers by the Nqutu Council ended in chaos. As a result residents have been in limbo with limited service delivery since August and Umzinyathi District Council could not operate without Nquthu.

With its clear majority the IFP will be in charge at Umzinyathi thereby controlling the allocation of resources and bulk services like water‚ sanitation‚ energy and district road constructions, etc

A council meeting will be called after the new Nquthu Councillors have been sworn in to office.
This has to take place within 14 days after the election. Thereafter Umzinyathi District will hold its first council meeting since last year and the office bearers appointed.

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