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.
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
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
• 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