ANC, IFP to slug it out in by-elections

2010-07-20 00:00

KWAZULU-NATAL’S major political parties, the African National Congress (ANC) and Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) are expected to battle it out at four by-elections scheduled to take place tomorrow in various municipalities in the province.

The wards contested are in Nongoma (ward 11), Ulundi (ward 13), Melmoth (ward 2) and Richards Bay (ward 18).

According to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) communications officer Thabani Ngwira, in Nongoma and Richards Bay, vacancies were created as a result of the death of the councillors, while in Ulundi and Melmoth the vacancies occurred as a result of termination of councillor membership by the party.

Ngwira said all but one of the wards to be contested were held by the IFP. The seat in Richards Bay was previously held by the ANC.

These by-elections are expected to determine how much support these two big rival organisations enjoy in the wards ahead of next year’s local government elections, expected to be a mammoth battle between the two parties.

Ngwira said voting stations will open from 7 am until 9 pm. Voters who need more information on the by-elections or voting stations in their areas, were requested to contact the IEC through their website at

The IFP is currenly engulfed in court battles involving different factions within the party.

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