The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) says it is confident that the
by-elections will take place without any disruption.
These by-elections would be the first to be held amid covid-19 lockdown restrictions.
Briefing the media on Monday, the commission’s chief electoral officer Sy Mamabolo said by-elections would take part in 95 wards across 55 municipalities in all nine provinces across the country.
Mamabolo said 40 political parties will participate with a total of 444 candidates expected to contest in various wards.
Due to covid-19 by elections were put on hold as were supposed to take place in March.
The Limpopo IEC’s provincial officer, Nkaro Mateta said a total of 1726 voters have registered to cast votes.
Mateta said four municipalities would hosts by-election in the province.
“Places to host by-elections are Giyane ward 1, Ba Phalaborwa ward 19, Polokwane ward 14 and in the Fetakgomo Tubatse local municipality (FTLM) in ward 34,” she said
In the FTLM four political parties have registered to contest including the African National Congress (ANC), Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), AZAPO and Social Agenda of Disposed Africans.
Contesting parties were adamant that they’ve done enough to lure voters to vote for their parties.
This ward 34 was ruled by the ANC and the party deployed NEC member, Candith Mashego Dlamini accompanied by MEC, s, Polly Boshielo and Nkakareng Rakgoale to ensure it’s retained.
On Sunday the party held Siyanqoba mini rally at Monametse Potlake stadium for final push. Voters who attended the event were implored to continue voting for the party.
Meanwhile the EFF has also canvased in Bagalatladi area on November 8. The party was led by Maloba Ali and the supporters.
“We call upon the domestic workers, farmers, miners, garden workers, petrol attendance, security guard, street hawkers, the unemployed, the youth and all our people out there to vote for us,” said Ali
Mateta has however confirmed that few people have been arrested for violating the by-elections code of conduct in the FTLM.
“Wednesday by elections are our first under cocvid-19 conditions. Unfortunately, they will not be the last. These by elections are a test for all stakeholders ahead of the future by-elections and for next year’s local government elections,” said Mamabolo.
He said by-elections would be the biggest test for the commission’s sense of readiness as the country is expected to vote in next year local government elections, which are also likely to be held under covid-19 restrictions.