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Three ward by-elections taking place in the Eastern Cape

Oct 23, 2019
Three ward by-elections taking place in the Eastern Cape

East London - Three Ward by-elections are happening in the Eastern Cape on Wednesday in three local municipalities.

The by-elections are being contested by six candidates from four political parties:

  • Ward 05 in Amahlathi Municipality – EC124is uncontested due to one (1) candidate, namely Nomvuyo Zelna Klaas from the African National Congress (ANC) contesting this ward.

The ward was previously represented by the ANC and became vacant as a result of the councillor’s resignation. 

The voter turnout for this ward in the 2016 Municipal Elections was 58.48% and the ANC candidate won the ward with 62.54% of valid votes.

  • Ward 34 in Enoch Mgijima Municipality – EC139will be contested by two (2) candidates, namely; Buti Quqa from the ANC and Mawethu Bango from the Democratic Alliance (DA).

The ward was previously represented by the ANC and became vacant as a result of the councillor’s resignation.

The voter turnout for this ward in the 2016 Municipal Elections was 67.25% and the ANC candidate won the ward with 56.08% of valid votes. Note that the voting stations in this ward will close earlier and will be open from 7 am to 7 pm.

  • Ward 07 in Umzimvubu Municipality – EC442will be contested by three (3) candidates, namely; Fakazile Ntwakumba from the African Independent Congress (AIC), Mthetheleli Columbus Ntsengwane from the ANC and Nomaza Viola Nomnganga from the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).

The ward was previously represented by the ANC and became vacant as a result of the councilor’s death. 

The voter turnout for this ward in the 2016 Municipal Elections was 53.88% and the ANC candidate won the ward with 73.45% of valid votes.

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