DA Ekurhuleni says it’s humbled by support following by-election victory

DA Ekurhuleni says it’s humbled by support following by-election victory

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Ekurhuleni says it is humbled by the support the party has received during Wednesday’s by-elections in Benoni.

The party retained wards 27 and 28 in Benoni.

DA leader in the metro, Ald Tania Campbell, says the victory is a clear indication that the residents of Benoni have faith in the official opposition to deliver services.

She has expressed confidence in the new councillors that will be responsible for the wards, saying they will deliver services to the communities.

The ANC in Ekurhuleni won ward 42.

However, the governing party secured most votes nationally, winning 71% of the 24 wards contested.

The party described the results as a positive building block towards a decisive win in the 2021 local government elections.
The polls will be held in the second half of 2021.

DA Ekurhuleni retains wards with decline in support

DA Ekurhuleni retains wards with decline in support

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Ekurhuleni retained two of the three wards that were under grabs during Wednesday’s elections.

Lornette Joseph is the new councillor for ward 27 with 74.26% of the votes cast.

It was a dip to the votes former DA councillor Jacques Meiring garned during the 2016 local government elections.

Meiring won 91.89% of the votes.

Voter turnout in the ward was a low 22.17%.

Another DA councillor Mary Goby secured 78.72% of the votes in ward 28, while the African National Congress (ANC) retained ward 42.

The ANC was nonetheless the biggest winner of the by-elections nationally, retaining 12 wards and winning five new ones.

It lost only one ward, while the DA retained 6 wards and lost two. It didn’t win any new ward.

Limpopo’s Better Resident Association was the biggest loser, losing three wards it had won in 2016.

The party, formerly known as the Bushbuckridge Residents Association, was formed in 2011 by disgruntled ANC members.

Voter turnout in Wednesday’s elections, which took place in 17 municipalities countrywide, was 34.56%.

According to the Independent Electoral Commission, the highest turnout was 62.93% in ward 3 in Ward 3 in !Kheis Municipality, in the Northern Cape.

Ward 15 in the City of Cape Town had the lowest number of voters turning up to make their mark.

Fourteen political parties and 18 independent candidates took part in the polls.

Wednesday’s by-elections in Ekurhuleni ended without disruptions

Wednesday’s by-elections in Ekurhuleni ended without disruptions

Three wards in Ekurhuleni, in Gauteng, took part in Wednesday’s by-elections.

Ward 27 in Benoni was one of the wards under contest.

The ward, with more than 16 000 registered voters, needed a new leader following the resignation of councillor Jacques Meiring from the Democratic Alliance.

While one resident told the public broadcaster that he didn’t see the need to vote, others have said they believe their vote will make a difference.  

No disruptions nor glitches were reported in the wards that were taking part in the polls. Chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission, Glen Mashinini, visited four voting stations in the metro.

Seventy seven candidates participated in the Wednesday elections, which took place in 118 polling stations across the country.

The candidates represented 14 political parties and 18 of them were independent contenders.

The polls were preceded by special voting on Tuesday for the frail and essential workers who could not partake on Wednesday.

In the clip below, Deputy Chief Electoral Officer, Mawethu Mosery, says they are happy with how things proceeded on both days.

No electricity no vote, vow Naledi residents in Soweto

No electricity no vote, vow Naledi residents in Soweto

By-elections in Soweto, Johannesburg, got off to a rocky start.

Jozi FM is reporting that community members in Naledi locked the gates of two voting stations, prohibiting voters from entering the area to cast their ballot.

The community is upset about the lack of electricity, which they say has been off for six months now due to a transformer that has exploded.

They say although they reported the matter to authorities, nothing was done to repair it.

The residents have blocked roads with rocks and burning tyres.

An ANC councillor in the City of Johannesburg Matshidiso Mfikwe has slammed the residents for blocking others from voting.

She says the residents are committing crime.

But residents aren’t budging. They say: “We just need a box and we just go to a ballot box and cast our vote. We want to vote but not in a dark area.”

By-elections are taking place in 95 wards across 55 municipalities in all the country’s nine provinces on Wednesday. 

Of the 95, 14 are in Gauteng across six municipalities.

The by-elections are being contested by 40 political parties, with a total of 444 candidates certified as contestants. It includes 19 independent candidates.

The polls were supposed to be held between March and September but the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) postponed them due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The elderly and people with disabilities cast their ballots yesterday.

What you need to know about by-elections

What you need to know about by-elections

By-elections will be taking place in 95 wards across 55 municipalities in all South Africa’s nine provinces on Wednesday. Of the 95, 14 are in Gauteng, across six municipalities.

The by-elections are being contested by 40 political parties, with a total of 444 candidates certified as contestants. It includes 19 independent candidates.

The polls were supposed to be held between March and September but the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) postponed them due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The commission says it took a decision to go ahead with the by-elections based on the current infection rate.

Cases in the country have gone down from about 14 000 daily infections in July to 1 247 recorded on Monday.

The electoral body says voting will be conducted under strict COVID-19 regulations.  

The by-elections kicked off on Tuesday with special votes. The special votes cater to the elderly, pregnant women, disabled persons, national commitment, and those who are in quarantine. The IEC officials will visit them at their homes, while it advises those who can go to the voting stations to do so.

Now the big question will be, why do we have by-elections? The answer is quite simple, a by-election is to fill a vacant position when the one who was occupying it has resigned or has died.

Ward 9, and 120 residents in Lenasia are among South Africans who will be casting their ballot in the elections.

In Ward 9, the following voting stations will be operational:

 • Lenasia Civic CentrePark Primary

  • Park Primary
  • Nirvana Secondary
  • Pentarosa Primary
  • Protea Recreation Centre
  • Nirvana Old Age Home

 Here is where one can cast one’s vote in Ward 120:

  • Southview High School
  • Kiasha Park Primary School
  • Sierra Nevada Primary School
  • Madiba Primary School
  • Lancaster Primary School
  • God’s Plan Church
  • Qalabotjha Secondary School
  • Touch Life Ministries
  • New Generation Combined School

Voters are reminded to:

• Only vote at the voting station where they are registered

• To bring their green barcoded ID document or smartcard ID

• To wear a mask and observer social distancing at all times

• And to bring their own pen if they wish, to avoid using the ones provided

COVID-19 protocols:

• Strict social distancing practices both outside and inside voting stations

• The mandatory wearing of masks over the nose and mouth of all persons within the boundaries of the voting station

• The application of hand sanitisers to all persons entering and exiting the voting station

• The replacement of the traditional indelible ink marker pens with an indelible ink liquid will be applied from a bottle to the thumb of voters using cotton buds which will be disposed of after each use. Of the candidates, 305 (69%) are male and 139 (31%) are female. Reporty by Cannedy Netshitungulu from Rising Sun Lenasia