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

2021 local polls to be held between August, November

2021 local polls to be held between August, November

The ANC and the EFF want the elections shelved.

Local government elections are likely to be held between August and November next year.

The Independent Electoral Commission revealed this at an Editors’ webinar in September.

This amid calls for the polls to be postponed.

VOWFM’s Karabo Tebele has more.

Extended times for voters abroad

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has extended voting hours for South Africans living abroad to ensure all have their say in the upcoming election.

The decision to extend voting hours in four foreign missions is in response to a request by the South African Jewish Board of Deputies. At the same time, special arrangements have also been made for Muslim voters, who expect to start the holy month of Ramadan around election day. Kamogelo Theledi  from Voice of Wits reports. Listen to her package:

Special arrangements for Jewish and Muslim voters
African Transformation Congress changes party name ahead of elections

African Transformation Congress changes party name ahead of elections

African Transformation Movement, ATM, has confirmed it has changed its name from African Transformation Congress.

ATM spokesperson Mandisa Mashiya, says the change came about after the IEC had raised concerns with the use of the term, “congress”. Many political parties, it said, used the word and that it could potentially cause confusion.

“As a result of having a lot of political parties registered with the IEC that has the word ‘congress’ on their certificates, the party was requested to consider the word ‘congress’ as it may confuse a lot of voters”.  Mashiya explains. – Nqubeko FM (Edited by Simba Honde)

ATM spokesperson Mandisa Mashile, explaining her party’s change of name.

APC accuses EFF, ANC of removing posters in Alex

APC accuses EFF, ANC of removing posters in Alex

The African People’s Convention (APC) in Alexandra has accused the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and the African National Congress (ANC) of removing APC campaign material in the community.

The APC’s  Thabo Mopase said he had received a tip-off from a community member that children dressed in black T-shirts with ANC regalia were removing his party’s posters. “We realized that this problem was not done by ordinary children, they might have been youth who are well coordinated to do this,” Mopase said.

Mopase, who left the ANC’s Alexandra branch in December 2018 to join the APC, has since requested the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to investigate, as he believes the incident represents a violation of their freedom of expression and the rules of open, free and fair democratic elections.

According to the IEC’s Electoral Code of Conduct it is prohibited to destroy, remove or deface posters of other political parties.

The ANC secretary in Alexandra,  Banele Sangcozi, has refuted Mopase’s claims stating that the party advocates for political tolerance.  Sangcozi has called Mopase to provide evidence of ANC members’ involvement, and says he will deal with any members found to have been involved.

Meanwhile the chairman of the ANC in Alexandra, Thulani Ndlovu, has launched a formal investigation into Mopase’s claims. – Alex FM (edited by Veronical Makhoali)

The APC’s Thabo Mopase accuses other parties of taking down posters
The ANC’s Banele Sangcozi says his party is tolerant of others

How do you vote if you are homeless?

With the May 8 elections coming ever closer, what happens to the right to vote of homeless people? In this report, Bridget Lepere of Voice of Wits talks to people living on the cold streets of Johannesburg about how they view the election, and to the Independent Electoral Commission on how people vote who don’t have an address.  

Listen here:

Homelessness and the vote – a packaged report from Voice of Wits

NADECO blames IEC for not taking part in the May 8 elections

The National Democratic Convention (NADECO) won’t be participating in the May 8 election as it sent its documents to the wrong email address, party leader Siyabonga Sibisi said in an interview with Ladysmith community radio station Nqubeko.

The party, which broke away from the Inkatha Freedom Party several years ago, was shocked to realize that they were not on the list of parties that are registered with the IEC, Sibisi told the station on April 5.

But he blamed the IEC for the mistake. ‘’We went to our local IEC office here in Ladysmith to submit our documents, but we were told that were should contact the national IEC office in Pretoria,’’ Sibisi said. An email to the IEC bounced because they were given the wrong email address by their local IEC office, and they did not realize that the email was not sent.

“We only realized that we are not on the list after realizing that the IEC has invited all registered political parties to come and sign the code of conduct in Durban,” Sibisi added.

The party leader apologized to supporters and said the party would partner with other parties and were currently in talks with the National Freedom Party to this end.

Nadeco leader Siyabonga Sibisi speaks to Nqubeko Community Radio