Four by-elections currently underway in the Eastern Cape

BY TAI CHISHAKWE - NOVEMBER 5, 2014

Four municipal ward by-elections are currently underway in the Eastern Cape today, Wednesday, 5 November 2014 – of which one is uncontested.

There are by-elections for Ward 4 of the Mbhashe Local Municipality in which Siphiwo Davidson Kalityi of the African National Congress (ANC); and Xolani Wiseman Dyantyi of the United Democratic Movement (UDM).

The ward was previously represented by the ANC and became vacant as a result of the death of the councillor. The voter turnout for this ward in the by-elections of 29 January 2014 was 57.86%.

Another by-election is underway to choose a representative for Ward 19 of the Nkonkobe Local Municipality. However, this election is uncontested as the ANC’s Liziwe Faith Matyolo is the only candidate.

Again, the ward was previously represented by the ANC and became vacant as a result of the death of the councillor. The voter turnout for this ward in the 2011 municipal elections was 59.53%.

Two by-elections – perhaps, the most important, are currently underway in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality.

In one election for Ward 42, Andile Phillip Gqabi, an independent candidate, is contesting with Mazwanzima Mini of the ANC, Mzwandile Stanley Hote of the Congress of the People (COPE); Nomakazi Cobo of the Democratic Alliance (DA); and Odwa Galada of the UDM.

The ward was previously represented by the ANC and became vacant as a result of the termination of the membership of the councillor by that party. The voter turnout for this ward in the 2011 municipal elections was 67.49%.

In the other Nelson Mandela Bay by-election, for the municipality’s Ward 46, Lindelwa Priscilla Qukubana of the ANC, is contesting Khuselwa Cynthia Ngxoweni from COPE; Alvezo Fortuin of the DA; and the UDM’s Nomazizi Joyce Jama.

The ward was previously represented by the ANC and became vacant as a result of the death of the councillor. The voter turnout for this ward in the 2011 municipal elections was 60.37%.

Results from the Nelson Mandela Bay by-elections will be a huge boost for the winning party as both the ANC and the DA prepare for a major contest in the 2016 local government elections. The DA has not hidden its intentions to take the Bay - an important platform to extending the number of municipalities under its governance outside of the Western Cape, while the ANC would seek to hold onto the Nelson Mandela Bay at all cost and keep the DA in check.