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Tlokwe - The ANC in the North West was confident of winning the impending by-elections in Tlokwe and Ramotsere Moiloa municipalities, the party said on Tuesday.
“The sterling and indefatigable spirit with which our structures and volunteers have approached these by-elections are indicative of a formidable campaign designed to achieve a resounding success,” spokesman Kenny Morolong said in a statement.
Morolong said the by-elections, to be held on Wednesday, had been marred by its own unique challenges such as violence being orchestrated by those intolerant of the African National Congress.
Such actions were a contravention of the Electoral Act, which stipulated that no party or candidate could incite violence during an election or intimidate candidates, party members, representatives or voters.
“The act further states that no registered party of (a) candidate may plagiarise the symbols, colours or acronyms of registered parties,” said Morolong.
“Therefore, the conduct displayed by our detractors during the campaigning process is reflective of a desperate behavioural pattern which sought to achieve the disruption of this by-election.”
Last week, the DA admitted in Parliament that it printed false ANC posters carrying disparaging messages that denounced ANC mayoral candidate Maphetle Maphetle, and blamed this on an “over-enthusiastic” staffer.
The ANC had called on the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to investigate and punish the DA.
Morolong said the ANC was humbled by the resilience shown by its membership and supporters in the wake of this.
“We also note the impending Electoral Court matter and are confident that this esteemed court will discharge its duty without fear, favour, or prejudice as a court that oversees the IEC and the conduct of elections,” said Morolong.
In July, the ANC expelled 14 councillors in Tlokwe after its provincial disciplinary committee found them guilty of misconduct for participating in a motion of no confidence against Tlokwe mayor Maphetle Maphetle.
However, the ANC's national disciplinary committee overturned the expulsions.
Some of the councillors reportedly attempted to register as independent candidates for the by-elections.
However the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) declined their nominations and they approached the Electoral Court to overturn the decision.
The ANC urged residents in the two municipalities to exercise their right to vote, with the party committed to a free and fair election, while all parties taking part in the by-elections were urged to comply with the Electoral Act. - Sapa