Voters in six provinces will go to the polls on Wednesday to elect councillors in 14 municipal wards. The vacancies are the result of the deaths of sitting councillor in 10 instances, while three councillors resigned and one was expelled in May’s municipal elections.
Eastern Cape will see the majority of the polling action as voters make their marks in seven wards, with one ward in the Umzimvubu Municipality uncontested; Xoliswa Jones has been declared councillor for Ward Six.
In other Eastern Cape by-elections, the ANC’s Lumka Patricia Mapete takes on Cope’s Mazwi Adonisi in Emalahleni Municipality’s Ward Four and in Elundini Municipality’s Ward 13 there will be a three-way contest beween Mamotseng Ottilia Tsoloane (African Independent Congress), Sarah Mdlazi (ANC) and Tlali Charles (Cope).
Voters in Mbizana’s Ward Eight will see a six-way contest between independent candidate Ayanda Madodebunga, Notembek Bcitha (African Independent Congress), Lonwabo Somadlangathi (ANC), Thanduxolo Ngilingili (African People’s Convention), Bathokozile Ndebeni (Cope) and Nomaitaly Xelelo (National Freedom Party).
Ntabankulu Municipality’s Ward 10 will be contested by Mvuseleli Soga (African Independent Congress), Sophlina Ncekana (ANC), Sikhokhele Mdolo (Amandla Abantu Abadidene) and Christella Diko (Cope).
Two by-elections will also take place in the province’s major metropolitan area, the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality. A five-way contest among Siyabulela Hodi (ANC), Pumezile Jacobs (Azanian People’s Organisation), Nkosihlanga Mbikanya (Cope), Nikiwe Nyamakazi (DA) and Loyiso Mnguni (UDM) will decide the Ward 26 councillor.
In Ward 55, four candidates have put themselves up for election. They are Mtunzi Madolo (ANC), Mhlangabezi Dyantyi (Cope), Thobelani Gubayo (DA) and Andiswa Ndanda (UDM).
In KZN, voters will go to polling stations in two wards. Durban metro’s Ward 56 will be a straight fight between the ANC (Sduduzo Khuzwayo) and the Inkatha Freedom Party (Bonisiwe Mbatha), while voters in Nongoma’s Ward 12 will have to choose between Makhosazane Mabaso (African Christian Democratic Party), Nokozani Dlame (ANC), Leonard Nxumalo (Inkatha Freedom Party) and Mfanenkosi Mafuleka (National Freedom Party).
In Limpopo, Makhado Municipality’s Ward 24 will be contested by the ANC (Motlatso Selepe) and Khwerani Mugwedi (Cope).
Western Cape’s Saldanha Bay West Coast Peninsula Municipality sees independent candidate Marie-Ann Muller standing for election against Travor Benjamin of the ANC, Jacob Alexander of the DA, Ivan Minnaar of the Liberal People’s Party and Cathy Thomas of The People’s Independent Civic Organisation.
All told, 81428 voters are registered to vote in Wednesday’s by-elections. Polling stations will open at 7am and close at 9pm.
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