By-elections due in 5 provinces

2013-07-01 19:18
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Johannesburg - Nine by-elections will be held in five provinces this week, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) said on Monday.

Twenty-nine candidates would vie for the position of ward councillor in polls in the Eastern Cape, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, and the Western Cape on Wednesday.

Four by-elections would take place in KwaZulu-Natal.

"Ward 39 in eThekwini [Durban metro] municipality will be contested by Meshack Siphiwe Khwela of the African National Congress [ANC]; Sihle Sizwe Zulu of the Congress of the People [Cope]; Bongumusa Oscar Zondo of the Inkatha Freedom Party [IFP]; and Qedusizi Qambeshilo Buthelezi of the National Freedom Party [NFP]," IEC spokesperson Kate Bapela said.

The vacancy came about after an IFP councillor resigned.

The other KwaZulu-Natal vacancies were in ward two in Duduza, ward six in Mandeni, and Ward 12, also in Mandeni.

Two by-elections would be held in Limpopo - one in the Mutale municipality and another in the Mookgopong municipality.

In the Eastern Cape and Free State, by-elections would be held in Alice and Ladybrand respectively.

One ward would be contested in George in the Western Cape, where candidates from the ANC, DA, Independent Civic Organisation of SA, and the Plaaslike Besorgde Inwoners (Concerned Local Residents) would participate.

The vacancy came about because a DA councillor resigned.

"Voting stations will be open from 07:00 to 21:00. A total of 47 735 voters are registered in the nine wards and 35 voting districts where by-elections will be taking place," Bapela said.

Read more on:    nfp  |  cope  |  da  |  anc  |  iec  |  ifp  |  johannesburg  |  politics

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