Residents of Nquthu in northern KZN vote at the local Magistrates court in a by-election on Wednesday. PIC Doctor Ngcobo

Durban - Voting in the hotly contested Nquthu Local Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal began this morning, as various political parties hope to have done enough to woo voters in the area.

The municipality was dissolved in February this year after it had failed to appoint office bearers due to the weak coalitions that were in place between different parties.

The Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) had place the municipality under administration late last year.

The IFP formed an alliance with the DA and the EFF which gave them a one seat majority over the alliance between the ANC and the NFP.

The IFP had 18 seats compared to the ANC's 17 seats.

Political parties have since the weekend been on active campaigns in the area, with President Jacob Zuma addressing a Siyanqoba rally and the EFF's Julius Malema also visiting the area to canvas votes.

The ANC said on Wednesday that it was confident that the IEC could, as the norm, deliver free and fair elections in the region.

The party also called on other political parties to be tolerant of each other and observe the rules and codes of the Electoral Code of Conduct.

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