DA doubles votes from 2016 election

2017-03-08 06:00

The ANC is buoyant about retaining Ward 39 in Thaba Nchu while the DA has expressed satisfaction with the gains it has made.

The winner of the Ward 39 by-election was declared last Wednesday (01/03) after two days of voting at nine voting stations.

Aggressively contested by numerous political parties, the elections saw the ANC score 2 320 votes (45,29%) and the DA attain 1 336 votes (26,08%).

Betty Cezula is the ward councillor of the ANC following the party’s victory over the DA’s Kabelo Moreeng.

The position of ward councillor had been vacant since the death of ANC councillor Tankiso Julius Morae in November.

“The DA surged in voter support, doubling our votes from the August 2016 elections and bringing the ANC below 50% in this ward for the first time. While the ANC nosedived by 6%, the DA grew by an outstanding 13% in this ward.

“This is a victory for the DA and is in line with the trend of increasing support all across South Africa. The DA is thrilled with this surge in support in Mangaung and we thank the voters of Ward 39 who came out in their numbers to support us,”said Patricia Kopane, DA member of parliament.

Six parties, including the ANC and DA, as well as one independent candidate, contested Ward 39.

The other parties were Cope, represented by Abel Tatolo Mphahlele, with 23 votes (0,45%), the EFF, represented by Tsholohelo Mosemeng, with 776 votes (15,15 %), the Forum for Service Delivery, represented by Chiloane Thole, with 428 votes (8,39%) and the Azanian Alliance Congress (AAC), represented by Simon Tsie, with 22 votes (0,43%). Independent candidate Itumeleng Mosala received 217 votes (4,24%).

“We are happy that everything went well. Eligible voters who qualified for the special votes home visitation also voted and others came to vote at their stations,” said Lehlohonolo Ramotsoane, regional supervisor for the Mangaung Municipality Independent Elec­toral Commission (IEC).

Itumeleng Liba, the IEC Free State manager, applauded the IEC team and political parties concerned for conducting the elections efficiently.

“I want to thank the IEC Mangaung region team for the splendid job in preparation for this election. They did not leave the responsibility of making the residents aware of the by-election to the contesting political parties. They tirelessly drove around the ward with a loud hailer reminding the residents.”

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