IFP wins three seats

2009-08-14 00:00

THE IFP retained its seat in ward nine in the Umvoti municipal by-election held on Wednesday and lost a seat to the ANC in the Emnambithi (Ladysmith) by-election.

During the April 2009 general election, there was a dramatic shift in this traditional IFP ward when the ANC won the majority of votes. Observers watched the outcome of this week’s polling with interest to see if what happened in the national election would be repeated in the municipal by-election.

This did not happen and many feel that local residents remain upset over the shooting of IFP councillor Ntuthuko Ngcobo, whose death gave rise to the by-election.

No violence was reported after the election results were announced, however, a large police presence remains in the area.

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) announced yesterday that four by-elections took place in KZN, with the IFP winning three of the seats and the ANC one.

ANC provincial secretary Zihle Zikalala said his party’s victory in the Emnambithi by-election showed they were on an upward trend. He said the party also won an increasing number of votes in all the by-elections in the province, showing a significant sign of improvement from the 2006 local government election.

“As the ANC we believe that the inroads we have made will help serve as a perfect launch pad to even more improved results in the 2011 local government elections,” Zikalala said.



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