By-elections going well - IEC

2012-11-07 15:50

Johannesburg - Municipal ward by-elections around the country got off to a good start on Wednesday, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) said.

"Things are going well and all the voting stations have all opened," spokesperson Kate Bapela said.

Voting stations opened at 07:00 and would close at 21:00, except for Ward 21 in the Intsika Yethu municipality in the Eastern Cape, which would close at 19:00.

Bapela said the results would start being released at midnight after votes had been counted, audited and verified.

"By tomorrow [Thursday] morning they should all be out," she said.

The by-elections were being held in eight provinces - the Eastern Cape, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West, Northern Cape and the Western Cape.

The IEC said earlier this week that 15 vacant wards would be contested by 50 candidates representing 12 political parties; three were independent candidates.

One by-election each was taking place in the Eastern Cape, Limpopo, North West and Western Cape; four were being held in Gauteng; four in KwaZulu-Natal and two in Mpumalanga.