IEC happy with voter turn-out during KZN by-elections
Thu, 21 Jan 2016 08:06:00
The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) has won two of the three hotly contested by-elections in the KwaZulu-Natal midlands.
The party retained its ward in AbaQulusi and also took one from the African National Congress in Indaka.
The ANC lost its ward to the IFP and retained ward 10 in Ingwe on the south coast.
Provincial head of Independent Electoral Commission Mawethu Mosery says voter turnout exceeded expectations.
“Two of the by-elections were won by the IFP candidates in Indaka and in Abaqulusi.,” says Mosery.
He says the ANC candidate won the by-election in Ingwe municipality.
Mosery says the voter turn-out was good in all the three by elections.
“It was at about 50 % of registered voters which is very high for by elections and very for local government election,” he says.
Meanwhile, police defused a protest in Ingwe in southern KwaZulu-Natal during the by-election on Wednesday.
Mosery says despite this the by-elections in three municipalities went smooth.
“We are satisfied with the intervention of the police and the political leadership and party liaison committee in that area,” says Mosery.
People are actually committing a criminal offence to protest on a voting day
He says the protest was resolved early in the day but it is also an opportunity for the IEC to educate citizens, voters that no protest is allowed on the voting day. “People are actually committing a criminal offence to protest on a voting day,” he says. However in the Eastern Cape, the Democratic Alliance has retained its seat in Ward 5 in Camdeboo Municipality in Graaff-Reinet.
The party has once again beaten the ANC with a 10% margin in the ward.
The by-election follows the dismissal of DA councillor, Jesmine Swemmer, after she was found guilty of misconduct.
Chief Electoral Officer in the province, Thami Mraji says the by-election was won by the DA which obtained 59, 17% of the vote, the ANC obtained 40, 83% of the vote.
Mraji says the voter turnout in the municipality was 47,14%.
– By SABC