DA candidate loses KZN ward to ANC

2013-05-16 14:46
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Durban - The ANC's candidate has won a KwaZulu-Natal by-election in which the country's two biggest parties sent in their big guns to campaign for votes.

African National Congress candidate Zibuse Learnard Mthobeni garnered 1 920 votes in the Umzimkhulu ward, while the Democratic Alliance's Jabulani Goodwill Chiya took 748, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) announced on Thursday.

There was a 60.04 percentage poll and 29 spoilt votes.

IEC spokesperson Mawethu Mosery said the by-election went off without a hitch on Wednesday, and that none of the parties involved had lodged any complaints.

In the weeks leading up to the by-election, DA leader Helen Zille and ANC KZN treasurer Peggy Nkonyeni made appearances to campaign for their candidates.

Chiya was the incumbent. He won the ward as an independent candidate in 2011, but later joined the DA, forcing the by-election.

In 2011, Chiya won the ward with 61.48% of the 2 661 votes cast.

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