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IEC: 40% of registered voters cast their ballot in Nquthu by-election

Wednesday saw at least 15 incident reports, where political parties complained to the commission but none compromised the integrity of the elections.

FILE: People cast their votes. Picture: EWN

DURBAN – The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) says preliminary statistics show that 40% of the 81,000 registered voters cast their ballot in the Nquthu by-elections.

The electoral commission is due to announce the final results this morning where all 33 seats will be filled.

The municipality was dissolved earlier this year due to political in-fighting.

The Democratic Alliance, Economic Freedom Fighters and Inkatha Freedom Party (IEF) stand to be kingmakers again after there was only one seat difference between the African National Congress (ANC) and IFP during last year’s municipal elections.

The IEC says the voting process has gone smoothly.

Wednesday saw at least 15 incident reports, where political parties complained to the commission but none compromised the integrity of the elections.

KwaZulu-Natal IEC Head Mawethu Mosery says: “Broadly these incidents deal with matters relating to access to voting stations, maybe processes inside the voting stations that they do not follow very well.”

The hotly contested by-elections and the rigorous campaigning have been described as a testing ground for voting patterns.

IEC deputy chair Terry Tselane said the political environment has been stable so far.

“Our systems and logistics are in place. We managed to open on time and today, and there is nothing that makes us worry about these elections.”

Tselane said they have noted allegations that the ANC has bussed people in from other regions to vote.

“Remember when during the elections, you are dealing with people that are already on the voters’ roll. So if your name does not appear on the voters’ roll, whether you come in buses, it makes absolutely no difference.”

The announcement of results will take place at 10 am Thursday morning, with authorities on standby to quell any political instability.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)

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