Over 200 000 expected for by-elections

Johannesburg - Over 200 000 registered voters in 25 wards throughout the nine provinces are expected to cast their votes in by-elections on Wednesday.

"The scale of the polls, which includes by-elections in a number of wards in metro councils in Johannesburg, Tshwane, Cape Town, Nelson Mandela Bay and Mangaung, makes tomorrow's elections one of the largest mobilisation of voters outside of general elections," the Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) said in a statement on Tuesday.

Out of the 25 vacancies being contested tomorrow, 12 were as a result of candidates being elected to the national and provincial legislatures after the 7 May general elections, the IEC said.

"In the previous by-elections on 2 July 2014, six of the 20 vacancies were also as a result of councillors being elected to the national and provincial legislatures."

The IEC manages an average of 130 by-elections a year.

By-elections are held when ward councillors vacate their seats for a variety of reasons including death, resignation or expulsion from the party or the council.

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Dennis van Aarde 2014-08-13 05:27:04 AM
Lets hope and pray for free and fair by-elections
Johan Steyn265 2014-08-13 06:46:39 AM
Its also a corupt voting system!
Jamill Ahmed 2014-08-13 07:17:35 AM
Tshepo Mogale 2014-08-13 07:40:39 AM
Hau there's elections again? I must live under a rock as I had no idea there was some sort of elections today.
Jeffrey Solomon 2014-08-13 08:38:53 AM
Strange. Very strange. I'm a news junky. Nowhere but nowhere have I seen or heard of these elections before now. Which begs the question. Do these 200 000 voters know they may vote today? Bet there'll be a very low turnout.
criticallyhonest 2014-08-13 08:45:36 AM
Has anyone seen an election campaign of any sort in the wards?
Deon Du Plessis 2014-08-13 12:54:50 PM
ALL ABOARD! The blue train is coming!!
Deon Du Plessis 2014-08-13 12:58:20 PM
@Auntie. Tisk tisk tisk. Clearly you cant read. Go have a good look at who "won" & who "lost" in the last elections. The cANCer lost 10% of their voter base, over the past 10years, where the DA, has gained 9.8%. ;)
Deon Du Plessis 2014-08-13 12:59:14 PM
Tha cANCer won the battle, but is busy losing the war!
Pack Age 2015-01-22 12:35:34 PM
Thats why Eskom has held back on load shedding! To make the ANC look good! Watch, as soon as the by-elections are done............LOAD SHEDDING!