Five Tlokwe by-elections postponed

2013-09-17 22:19

Municipal by-elections in Tlokwe in North West  have been postponed in five wards.

The Electoral Court in Bloemfontein today found in favour of five independent candidates who wanted to contest the by-elections.

The court held that the Independent Electoral Commission should ask the responsible North West MEC to postpone the by-elections – scheduled to be held tomorrow – in wards 1, 4, 11, 12 and 20.

The court further held that the IEC launch a full investigation into the conduct of official John Makodi during the period August 8, 2013 to August 27, 2013 concerning the registration of the applicants for the municipal by-elections to be held on Wednesday, September 18.

The court held that applicants Aaron Mhlope, Johanna Xaba, Beauty Dikupe, Catherine Molefe and James Zicina should be allowed to register as candidates in their respective wards in the postponed by-elections.

The ruling means that only three out of a scheduled nine by-elections will go ahead tomorrow.

A sixth by-election, in ward 13, was earlier postponed after an out-of-court settlement.

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