Voting open for new councillor

2017-10-18 06:00

A by-election to fill the vacant Ward 12 councillor position in Bloemfontein is underway, having started on Tuesday (17/10) with special votes.

The position became vacant after the ANC councillor, Tshepo Ephraim Motsomi, passed away in July.

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) in the Free State says the by-election will end today (18/10) with voting by the general public.

The IEC says Msebenzi Kennedy Nzaka is the only independent candidate contesting for the vacant seat, apart from the political party candidates.

Political party candidates are Mamoorosi Margaret Mohulatsi (ANC), Mamohau Alinah Baza (DA) and Moeke­tsi Macmillian Motheane (EFF).

“We have in place all the necessary arrangements for registered voters within the six voting districts of Ward 12 to cast their votes.

“All the contesting candidates have received candidate certificates and have signed the code of conduct,” says Lehlohonolo Ramotsoane, the Mangaung regional supervisor of the IEC.

He says 380 special vote applications were received of which 122 are home visits applications. Of these applications he says 168 were voting station visit applications which were submitted and captured by the municipal election officer.

“It should be noted that only voters whose special vote applications have been approved will vote and this includes registered voters,” says Ramotsoane.

He says voters will vote at six voting stations, adding that they expect a huge turn out after campaigning by the parties.

  • The voting stations are at: Atlehang Secondary School;) Cusian Church (Topia); ) Atta El Rooi Church; and ) the Evangelical Church Centre.
  • Temporary voting stations: tents near the Thuto ke Thebe Primary School and) a tent near the Apostolic Church.
  • Ramotsoane says the IEC will also be rectifying incomplete addresses of all the voters appearing on the voters roll in compliance with the outcomes of Constitutio-nal Court cases best known as the Kham and Mhlophe matters. For today (18/10), election voting stations are open from 07:00 until 21:00.

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