Election results: ANC wins all six Eastern Cape municipal by-elections

NOVEMBER 10, 2016

In a huge morale boost for the African National Congress (ANC) in the Eastern Cape, the party won all of the six municipal ward by-elections that were held across the province on Wednesday.

The ANC in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, which suffered a bruising defeat at hands of the Democratic Alliance (DA) in the 2016 Local Government Elections, took the two wards that were up for grabs. Ward Ward 4 (Walmer) had remained vacant following the murder of the ANC Ward councillor candidate, Nceba Dywili, who was gunned down just before the pollwhile Ward 14 became vacant after the ANC Councillor resigned.

According to results published by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) on Thursday morning, the ANC’s Ayanda Tyokwana won the Nelson Mandela Bay’s Ward 4 by a comfortable 77.89% of the 5 488 votes that were cast. About 47% of the registered voters turned up. Tyokwana was up against Johanna Marianne Lotter of the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP); Thobani Sebastian Noqoli of the Democratic Alliance (DA); Pepsi Lindile James of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF); Precious Zamukulunga Aja of the Pan Africanist Congress of Azania (PAC); Thandeka Frenki of the United Democratic Movement (UDM) and Khayalethu Heavyground Makalima of the United Front of the Eastern Cape (UF).

In the other Nelson Mandela Bay by-election, the ANC's Dolly Buti won the Ward 14 poll by 67.54% of the 3 482 votes cast. Voter turnout was a low 33.94%. Buti was contesting against Victor Mbulelo Manyati (DA); Vuyisile Oliphant (EFF); Khanya Mbengashe (PAC); and Linda Penelope Mpako (UDM).

Other Eastern Cape by-elections

In the other by-elections that took place on the same day in the Eastern Cape, the ANC again won all the wards.

Its candidate, Pumzile Makeleni beat Zamile Timbani (EFF) and Phumlani Msengeni (UDM) by winning 73.53% of the 2 236 votes cast in the by-election for Ward 17 of the Mbhashe Municipality. Voter turnout was 46.79%. The ward was previously represented by the ANCand became vacant as a result of the death of the councillor..

In the by-election for Ward 11 of the Raymond Mhlaba Municipality, the ANC's Luyanda Tyhobeka beat Yonela Nuba (DA) and Anele Bonani (EFF) after winning 52.66% of the 1324 votes cast. Voter turnout was a low 27.75%.  The ward was previously represented by the ANC and became vacant as a result of the resignation of the councillor.

The ANC's Fikile Andrew Jama also won Ward 7 the Port St Johns Municipality after beating Mkhulule Moses Sefa of the Civic Independent and Mthumeni Noxaka (EFF).  Jama got 83.28% of the 2 048 votes cast. Voter turnout was 45.78%. The ward was previously represented by the ANC and became vacant as a result of the death of the councillor.

In the by-election for Ward 26 of the Mbizana Municipality, the ANC's Onesimo Nofemele won by receiving 75.47% of the 1 787 votes cast. Nofemele was up against Fundile Nicholas Mbali (EFF); Nobahle Harrient Magqabi of the National Freedom Party (NFP) and Manene Ashworth Nontshe of the Socialist Party of South Africa. Voter turnout was 46.88%. The ward was previously represented by the ANC and became vacant as a result of the resignation of the councillor.