Results and upcoming by-elections
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“The right to freedom of expression is without a doubt one of the most important rights in any democracy. Cliché as this may sound, this right is the cornerstone of democracy and as a means of ensuring the enjoyment of all the other rights, including the right to vote. Therefore, the role of media in ensuring a free and fair election in a democracy cannot be overemphasised,” said Advocate Pansy Tlakula, Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (IEC), in her opening address to a media workshop held in Sandton, Johannesburg, today. The workshop was held to address the need for guidelines for media coverage of elections in South Africa.
The Electoral Commission (IEC) said the African National Congress won three of the six municipal ward by-elections which took place on Wednesday, 22 May 2013. Of the remaining seats, two went to the Democratic Alliance and one to the Inkatha Freedom Party.
Following the 2011 census the Electoral Commission has, with the assistance of Statistics South Africa, made an analysis of the distribution of the estimated 31.4 million eligible voters per municipality and per ward. It has compared this information with the number of voters currently registered in those wards.
Municipal ward by-elections will take place in four provinces, namely KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, the Northern Cape and the Western Cape on Wednesday, 22 May 2013.
The Electoral Commission (IEC) has requested the Member of Executive Council (MEC) responsible for Local Government in Kwazulu-Natal to postpone voting day for a by-election in respect of ward 4 in the Jozini Municipality (KZN272). This by-election resulted from the expulsion of the then incumbent councillor by the MEC. The immediate implication of this request by the Commission is that the by-election that was scheduled in ward 4 Jozini for Wednesday, 22 May 2013 will no longer proceed.
The Electoral Commission (IEC) said the African National Congress won the only municipal ward by-election which took place on Wednesday, 15 May 2013. Voter turnout was 60.04%.
The municipal by-election scheduled for KwaZulu-Natal on Wednesday, 15 May 2013 will take place in only one ward.
The Electoral Commission (IEC) said the African National Congress won 10 of the 19 municipal ward by-elections which took place on Wednesday, 24 April 2013. Of the remaining seats, five went to the Democratic Alliance and three went to the Independent Candidates, whereas Pan Africanist Congress of Azania won one seat.
Municipal ward by-elections will take place in EIGHT provinces today, 24 April 2013.