JUST over 4000 new voters have registered in Nquthu for the by-election on 24 May following the dissolution of the Nquthu Council elected in last August’s local government elections. The voters’ roll for the August election totalled 77 097 registered voters and at the close of the voters’ roll last Friday, 7 April, a total of 81 159 voters had registered.There was a 58% turnout of voters in the 2016 municipal elections in which the IFP won 15 seats, the ANC 14, the NFP won two seats and the DA and EFF one each. There are a total of 17 wards and 16 PR council seats.In February KZN Co-operative Governance and traditional affairs MEC Nomsa Dube-Ncube announced that the dysfunctional Council was to be dissolved and a by- election held within three months. There had been seven attempts since the August 3, 2016 local government elections to proceed, but to no avail. The elections are expected to be tightly contested and it is reported that a number of new political parties have shown interest in putting up candidates.Kwa-Zulu Natal Political Intervention Committee is confident that the by-elections will be conducted by the Independent Electoral Commission in a free and fair manner. Voters’ roll for the August election totalled 77 097 registered voters and at the close of the voters’ roll last Friday 81 159 had registered.