Wednesday’s by-elections were calm, smooth and successful, says IEC

However, the commission was disappointed that two voting stations opened late due to service delivery protests in Naledi, Soweto, and the Eastern Cape.

An IEC voting station. Picture: IEC South Africa.

JOHANNESBURG - The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) on Thursday said it was pleased with the holding of by-elections in 55 municipalities across nine provinces across the country.

Speaking during a briefing held in Centurion, IEC vice-chairperson commissioner Janet Love said the election was calm, smooth, and successful.

However, the commission was disappointed that two voting stations opened late due to service delivery protests in Naledi, Soweto, and the Eastern Cape.

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Love said the turnout in Gauteng was on average of 24.49%.

“In Gauteng, of the 14 wards that were contested, the ANC retained 10 seats and won two seats from the DA. Al Jama-ah won one seat from the DA as did the Patriotic Alliance,” she said.

The IEC said it was worried by the voter turnout from the recent by-elections despite concerns that there had not been enough interest in the poll.

More than 600,000 people had registered to vote, but only 38% of voters pitched up to cast their ballots.

Love said the ANC managed to retain most of the contested wards.

“The African National Congress retained 64 wards, lost two wards, and won six new wards. The Democratic Alliance retained 14 wards, lost nine wards, and won two new wards,” she said.

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