KwaZulu-Natal boasts the highest voter turnout during these local government elections. The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) in the province has declared the results, with the African National Congress (ANC) winning with 57.47% of the vote.
Operations Manager Ntombifuthi Masinga says 61% of registered voters, which amounts to 3.3 million people, voted in KwaZulu-Natal.
She cited, “Umgeni Municipality, Impendle, Umtshwait, Umsinga, KwaDukuza, Umsunduzi, Nkandla, Underberg, Umtshezi, Umfolozi,” as some of the municipalities that had the highest number of voters.
Meanwhile, at least three by-elections will be contested in KwaZulu-Natal following the outcome of the local government election.
Masinga says wards at Harding, Ladysmith and Newcastle were won by candidates who had been killed in the run-up to the elections.
Masinga explains that there are also other situations that will necessitate by-elections.
“It applies for someone who will choose to resign a ward seat. There are candidates that were fielded both as ward candidates, but were also on the lists either at a local or district level. Those candidates now need to decide by this week which seat they are taking. If they chose to take a PR seat it’s an automatic by-election in that ward. If they choose to take a ward seat the party will then have to move someone from the list to occupy the seat won by that councillor.”
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