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Potchefstroom - Police visibility in Tlokwe's Ward 26 was beefed up on Wednesday evening where by-elections were being held.
Three public order policing vans, two normal police vans and a nyala were parked outside the Tshupane primary school.
Police were also patrolling the area on horseback.
North West police spokesman Brigadier Thulani Ngubane said the high police visibility was not an issue of a security threat but because Ward 26 was a central venue with space for police to park their cars.
“It's easy access for us to get to the other wards if there is anything to respond to,” he said.
Ngubane said the situation throughout the day had been calm except for a minor incident involving a disabled person.
“The issue was that the disabled individual wanted to enter but other parties were worried about the person accompanying him.
“With the wisdom of the IEC the matter was resolved before it became a big issue.”
Wards Six, 18 and 26 were being contested in Tlokwe on Wednesday. The wards were previously run by the African National Congress but became vacant after the councillors were expelled from the party.
The ANC was facing off with two of its previous candidates in Wards 18 and 26.
Ward 26 was being contested by the ANC's Oupa Mogoshane and independent candidate Butiki “Stone” Mahlabe, who had been councillor in the ward for 12 years.
The ANC's Thapelo Skozana and independent candidate and former ANC chief whip David Kham were contesting the ward.
Kham and Mahlabe were two of the 14 councillors who were expelled by the ANC in July after its provincial disciplinary committee found them guilty on four counts of misconduct for participating in a motion of no confidence against Tlokwe mayor Maphetle Maphetle.
Maphetle was replaced as mayor by Democratic Alliance councillor Annette Combrink.
However, the ANC's national disciplinary committee overturned the expulsions.
Despite this, eight of the councillors registered as independent candidates for the by-elections.
Earlier on Wednesday tensions between supporters of both camps simmered amid claims of voter intimidation.
On Wednesday evening, ANC supporters were still singing and dancing in front of the primary school in ward 26 encouraging people to vote.