DA, ANC in bid for votes

2013-09-19 00:00

THE DA and the ANC were hard at work in Glenwood yesterday with each party trying to convince those voting in the Ward 33 by-elections to choose them.

The ANC candidate for the ward is Mongezi Msibi and he was up against the DA’s Nicole Graham.

Party leaders were yesterday spotted at nine voting stations.

ANC’s eThekwini regional chairperson Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo (who is also the MEC for Health in KZN) and DA caucus leader Zwakele Mncwango were spotted sharing jokes at a voting station at Glenwood primary school where they spent hours monitoring the progress.

Mncwango said his party was very happy about the voter turn-out at all the stations. He said the DA had no reason to panic about the ANC presence in the ward. “There is no way that the ANC can pinch the ward because DA councillors worked hard.”

The ward has 17 504 registered voters. The by-election was needed after DA councillor Warwick Chapman resigned after his party deployed him to the Western Cape.

Mncwango said of the 1 800 registered voters at the primary school, 170 had cast their votes before 4 pm but he expected more people to come in before 9 pm.

ANC’s eThekwini regional deputy secretary Monica Jama was adamant that her party would emerge as the victor. Jama said the ANC had done its work in encouraging people to vote. “We have no fear and we are positive about winning the ward. We see a lot of potential. Now we have to wait for the results.”

Jama said they visited all the voting stations and found IEC staff hard at work amid a steady stream of voters.

Across the country, 17 wards were contested in six provinces — Eastern Cape, Gauteng, KZN, Limpopo, North West and the Western Cape.

Independent Electoral Commission spokesperson Kate Bapela said municipal ward by-elections around the country got off to a good start.

“We had no serious incidents at any of the wards. We are positive that all voters would be in before the close of the day.

“We will start counting immediately after voting to ensure that results are released in the morning.”

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