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Johannesburg - Municipal by-elections are scheduled to be held in 17 wards in six provinces on Wednesday.
The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) said wards would be contested in the Eastern Cape, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, North West, and the Western Cape.
In the Eastern Cape, candidates would contest Ward 22 in the Mbhashe (Idutywa) municipality. The ward was previously represented by the African National Congress and became vacant when the councillor resigned.
Two wards in Gauteng would be contested: Ward Nine in the Lesedi (Heidelberg) municipality and Ward Four in the Merafong City (Carletonville) municipality.
The ward in Heidelberg was previously represented by the Democratic Alliance, and the ward in Carletonville by the ANC. Both became vacant when the councillors died.
In KwaZulu-Natal, Ward 33 in eThekwini municipality, which was previously held by the DA, became vacant because the councillor resigned.
Ward Eight, in the greater Giyani municipality, in Limpopo, would be contested. The ward was previously held by the ANC and was left vacant after the councillor died.
In the Western Cape, candidates would contest two wards Ä Ward Six in the Drakenstein (Paarl) municipality and Ward Eight in the Mossel Bay municipality.
The Paarl ward was previously held by the ANC and became vacant after the councillor was expelled. In Mossel Bay, the ward was represented by the DA and became vacant when the councillor's membership with the party was terminated.
In the North West, Ward Two in the Ramotshere Moiloa (Zeerust) municipality, which was previously represented by ANC, would be contested after the councillor resigned.
The province was also scheduled to have by-elections in nine wards in Tlokwe (Potchefstroom). Wards One, Four, Six, 11, 12, 13, 18, 20 and 26 were left vacant after the ANC councillors were expelled from the party.
By Tuesday afternoon it was unclear whether by-elections in Tlokwe would go ahead.
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. Maphetle was replaced by DA councillor Annette Combrink.
However, the ANC's national disciplinary committee overturned the expulsions. Some of the councillors tried to register as independent candidates for the by-elections.
When the IEC declined the nominations of five of them and they approached the Electoral Court in Bloemfontein to overturn the decision. The court reserved judgment on Tuesday on an application to postpone the Tlokwe by-elections.
According to the requirements, 50 ward residents whose names appear on the voters' roll need to nominate a candidate.
A sixth disqualified candidate, Johannes Johnson, of Ward 13, has since been permitted by the IEC to take part, after it was discovered that his nomination was valid.