By-elections running smoothly - IEC

2013-09-18 16:31
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Johannesburg - By-elections were running smoothly in six provinces on Wednesday, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) said.

"There has not been any incident recorded on our system, but we are keeping an eye on the process around the country," IEC spokesperson Kate Bapela said.

However, a scuffle broke out at a voting station in Ward 26, Tlokwe, on Wednesday, amid claims of voter intimidation.

Police had to step in when ANC members and residents supporting independent candidate Butiki "Stone" Mahlabe faced off outside the gates of the Tshupane School.

ANC supporters claimed that residents supporting Mahlabe, a former ANC councillor, were telling voters that he was still an ANC member and that they should vote for him.

Eleven wards were being contested by 35 candidates in the Eastern Cape, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, North West, and the Western Cape.

Six candidates were independent and the rest represented 10 political parties.

Bapela said 56 804 people had registered to vote, but she was unable to provide a figure on how many had voted by midday on Wednesday. Voting stations close at 21:00.

"Counting will start from around 22:00 and results will start coming through from around midnight. The last results will come through at about 08:00 [on Thursday]," she said.

In the Eastern Cape, Ward 22 in Mbhashe (Dutywa) was being contested by independent candidate Mzekeleli Ndabangaye, ANC member Silulami Ndinisa, IFP candidate Axolile Ntunja, and Xolani Msenge of the Pan Africanist Congress of Azania (PAC).

The ward councillor's post became vacant after the ANC incumbent resigned.

Two by-elections were scheduled for Gauteng, one of which was uncontested.

Ward Nine in Lesedi (Heidelberg) remained uncontested with Gerhard Holtzhausen as the only candidate. The ward was previously represented by the DA and became vacant after the councillor died.

Ward 4 in Merafong City (Carletonville) was being contested by independent candidate Elias Matabane, ANC member Bukiwe Mafika, and Vuyisile Mcunana of the DA. The previous councillor, an ANC member, died.

In KwaZulu-Natal, in eThekwini, Ward 33 was contested by the ANC's Sandile Msibi, the DA's Nicole Graham, and Nkosinathi Khanyile of the National Freedom Party (NFP). The previous DA councillor resigned.

In Limpopo, Ward 8 in Giyani was being contested by ANC member Makoma Modjela, Morris Ngobeni of the African People’s Convention, Matome Sethibela of Cope, and Thulase Sithole of the Ximoko Party. The ward's ANC councillor died.

Ten by-elections were scheduled for the North West, but five were postponed after an order by the Electoral Court, and a sixth after an agreement by counsel. Four by-elections went ahead.

Contesting Ward 2 in Zeerust were Pogiso Maetla of the ANC, Lesego Lekaba of the Azanian People’s Organisation (Azapo), and Lorraine Melamu of the United Christian Democratic Party (UCDP).


The ward was previously held by the ANC and became vacant after the councillor resigned.

Three by-elections were being held in Tlokwe (Potchefstroom) to replace the ANC councillors the party expelled.

Ward 6 was being contested by Bosigo Monaisa of the ANC, Lesego Malepe of Azapo, Johannes Coetzee of the DA, and Mawela Dinko of the UCDP.

Ward 18 in Tlokwe was being contested by independent candidate Xolile Kham, Thapelo Skozana of the ANC, Matladi Mofokeng of Azapo, and Molebatsi Lehloo of the UCDP.

Ward 26, also in Tlokwe, was contested by independent candidate Butikie Mahlabe, ANC member Matiche Mogoshane, and UCDP member Moeketsi Phakedi.

Two by-elections were taking place in the Western Cape. One was in Ward 6 in Drakenstein (Paarl). This by-election was contested by independent candidate Sithembiso Magqazana, Tryphina Nomana of the ANC, and Zeniwokhe Ndwanya of the DA. The ward's ANC councillor was expelled from the party.

Ward 8 in Mossel Bay was being contested by independent candidate Nicolaas Lodewyks, ANC member Francois Du Plessis, and the DA's Dirk Kotz. The ward's previous DA councillor was expelled from the party.

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