Parties retain wards in by-elections

2013-07-04 10:19
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Johannesburg - The ANC and the DA have retained their wards in eight by-elections held across five provinces.

Candidates vied for the position of ward councillor in the Eastern Cape, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, and Western Cape wards on Wednesday.

In KwaZulu-Natal, the African National Congress retained ward two in Dududa, ward 6 in Mandeni, and ward 12, also in Mandeni.

Four by-elections were scheduled to take place in KwaZulu-Natal. However the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) said on Monday local government MEC Nomusa Dube was asked to postpone the by-election in ward 39, eThekwini.

"[This was] following allegations of voter registration fraud ahead of the scheduled by-election on 3 July 2013," IEC spokesperson Kate Bapela said at the time.

"An investigation is presently underway to determine the veracity of these allegations of voter registration fraud."

The ward was previously held by the Inkatha Freedom Party.

The ANC retained ward four in the Mutale municipality, Limpopo, and the Democratic Alliance retained ward four in the Mookgopong (Naboomspruit) municipality, also in Limpopo.

In the Eastern Cape and Free State, by-elections were held in ward two in Alice and ward four in Ladybrand respectively.

Both were retained by the ANC.

Ward 14 in George, in the Western Cape, was contested by candidates of the ANC, DA, the Independent Civic Organisation of SA, and the Plaaslike Besorgde Inwoners (Concerned Local Residents).

The DA retained that ward.

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