Last by-elections for the year

2011-12-05 14:07
Johannesburg - The last municipal by-elections of the year will take place in 15 vacant wards around the country on Wednesday, the Independent Electoral Commission said.

Provinces in which by-elections would take place were the Eastern Cape, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Northern Cape and the Western Cape, spokesperson Kate Bapela said on Monday.

The wards would be contested by 37 candidates, two of whom were independent. The rest of the candidates represented ten political parties.

There were eight vacant wards in Mpumalanga, two of which were uncontested. The sitting councillors all resigned.

The ANC's Polokwane national conference in 2007 resolved that those holding political positions should not be deployed in government posts.

In light of this resolution, a three-day councillors' summit in Mpumalanga reportedly decided that councillors should resign from their full-time employment with immediate effect.

Other vacancies in ANC strongholds such as Libode in the Eastern Cape, Qwa-Qwa in the Free State and Bergville in KwaZulu-Natal, were created after the deaths of councillors.

Bapela said 70 378 voters were registered in the 15 wards with 73 voting districts.

Voting stations would be open from 07:00 to 21:00, she said.

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