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Johannesburg - By-elections were running smoothly in six provinces on Wednesday, the Independent Electoral Commission said.
“There has not been any incident recorded on our system, but we are keeping an eye on the process around the country,” IEC spokeswoman Kate Bapela said.
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 9pm.
“Counting will start from around 10pm and results will start coming through from around midnight. The last results will come through at about 8am (on Thursday),” she said.
In the Eastern Cape, Ward 22 in Mbhashe (Dutywa) was being contested by independent candidate Mzekeleli Ndabangaye, African National Congress member Silulami Ndinisa, Inkatha Freedom Party 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 Democratic Alliance and became vacant after the councillor died.
Ward Four 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. The previous DA councillor resigned.
In Limpopo, Ward Eight in Giyani was being contested by ANC member Makoma Modjela, Morris Ngobeni of the African People’s Convention, Matome Sethibela of the Congress of the People, 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 Two 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 Six 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 Six 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 Eight in Mossel Bay was being contested by independent candidate Nicolaas Lodewyks, ANC member Francois Du Plessis, and the DA's Dirk Kotzé. The ward's previous DA councillor was expelled from the party.