By-elections in three provinces

Johannesburg - Municipal by-elections will take place in three provinces on Wednesday, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) said.

A total of 16 wards would be contested by 52 candidates representing nine political parties and five independent candidates, the IEC said on Tuesday.

With the IEC's election timetable published, political parties are preparing for a frenzied campaign. Credit: Independent Newspapers

Fourteen of the by-elections would be held in the Eastern Cape.

Buffalo City Metropolitan municipality's (East London) Ward Three was being contested by the African National Congress, the Democratic Alliance and United Democratic Movement.

The ward was previously represented by the DA, but the councillor's party membership was terminated.

There were 12 by-elections in the Mbhashe municipality (Dutywa). All 12 wards were previously represented by the ANC, but became vacant when the councillors' party membership was terminated.

ANC spokesman in the province Mlibo Qoboshiyane said the councillors were removed after they decided to remove the mayor in the area without the party's “blessing” and without following the proper procedures.

Ward Seven in the Elundini municipality (Mount Fletcher) was being contested by the ANC and the African Independent Congress. The ward became vacant when the previous ANC councillor died.

One by-election each was taking place in Gauteng and the Western Cape.

Ward 15 in the Emfuleni municipality (Vereeniging) in Gauteng was being contested by the ANC and the DA. The previous DA councillor resigned.

Ward Four in the Matzikama municipality (Vredendal) in the Western Cape was being contested by the ANC, the DA, the Patriotic Alliance and the Peoples' Independent Civic Organisation. The ward was previously represented by the DA, but the councillor resigned.