By-elections around the country running smoothly - IEC

2016-11-09 19:16
IEC voting station. (Elmarie Jack, News24)

IEC voting station. (Elmarie Jack, News24)

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Durban - The Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) is staging by-elections in six provinces, including three in KwaZulu-Natal districts where councillors were gunned down in the run-up to local government elections four months ago.

Councillor candidates Bongani Skhosana, Thembi Mbongo and Khanyisile Ngobese-Sibisi all won their respective wards in Umuziwabantu municipality, Newcastle and Ladysmith posthumously.

The IEC's Kate Bapela told News24 that, overall, by-elections were taking place in six provinces across the country.

"They are going well and usually in these by-elections we wait at the stations to the last bell at 21:00. There will only be two wards in the Eastern Cape that will close early. Those are Ward 17 Mbashe and Ward 7 in Port St Johns," she said.

"Sometimes the commission can determine that it does not warrant staying open longer than necessary and the officials can begin the counting process," Bapela added.

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