The African National Congress (ANC) in Limpopo has retained four Wards in the by-elections that were held in the Polokwane, Giyani, Ba-Phalaborwa and Fetakgomo-Tubatse municipalities on Wednesday. Despite a low voter turn-out, the Electoral Commission (IEC) says voting ran smoothly at all polling stations.
IEC provincial officer Nkaro Mateta says the ANC won the by-elections by a large margin, followed by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).
Mateta says, “Starting with Polokwane, EFF was 37.33%, ANC was 62.7%. Fetakgomo Tubatse, Azapo got 1.58%, Sada 1.13%, EFF 19.25%, ANC 78.04%…”
In Giyani, Ximoko Party got 2.08%, EFF 20.81%, ANC 77.1%. In Ba Phalaborwa, the support for EFF was 24.4% whereas the ANC was 75.6%,” says Mateta. The IEC has expressed satisfaction with the manner in which the by-elections proceeded across the country. The by-elections come ahead of the Local Government Election scheduled for later in 2021.
Deputy CEO of the IEC Masego Shiburi says COVID-19 measures had been put in place at voting stations.
“COVID-19 measures that we put in place at the voting stations and when we did home visits to obviate the spread of the disease, they worked very well despite the rain. We were able to extend the right of franchise to those persons who voted by special vote because they were unable to come to a voting station because of physical conditions. Today, we opened all our stations in the morning in time except in very isolated instances where we traveled and we are extending the right of franchise to 600 00 people who are registered in the 95 wards.”