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