IEC concludes municipal elections in three provinces

Thursday, April 26, 2018

The Electoral Commission (IEC) has successfully concluded municipal elections held in Gauteng, North West and the Western Cape provinces, which saw political parties race for the top spot in the various wards.

Overall, the Democratic Alliance (DA) retained five seats, the African National Congress (ANC) retained one seat and the Economic Freedom Fighters gained one seat.

The municipal elections saw various wards welcome new councillors. In the City of Johannesburg, with a voter turnout of 32.49%, the DA retained ward 72, with Lionel Mervin Greenberg as its new councillor.

In ward 88, with a slightly reduced margin of 79.66% of the votes cast compared to 81.97% in the 2016 Municipal Elections, David Leonard Hensman took the seat as councillor.

Still in the City of Johannesburg, the ANC retained the seat it won in 2016 in ward 92 with Violet Ncikazi Chauke as its new councillor. Votes in this ward increased to 47.88% of the votes cast compared to 43.78% in the 2016 Municipal Elections. The voter turnout in this municipal election was 26.01%.

In the City of Tshwane, the DA’s Daryl Johnston took the reins of Ward 47 in the Tshwane Metro. This win, with a voter turnout of 31.82%, saw the DA retain the seat it won in the 2016 Municipal Elections. It increased its margin to 95.18% of the votes cast, compared to 87.67% in the 2016 Municipal Elections. 

For the municipal elections in the City of Cape Town, the DA’s Mac-Lizia Rhuenda Solomons will be the councillor for Ward 10 in the Breede Valley Municipality. In this election, the party retained the seat it won in the 2016 Municipal Elections, albeit with a slightly reduced margin of 48.73% of the votes cast compared to 57.96% in the 2016 Municipal Elections. 

Still in the Western Cape, the DA’s Jannie Van der Westhuizen took the seat as councillor of Ward 18 in George Municipality. 

The party retained the seat it won in the 2016 Municipal Elections, however with a slightly reduced margin of 81.98% of the votes cast compared to 93.05% in the 2016 Municipal Elections. Voter turnout yesterday was 40.49%

In the North West, the EFF’s Bongani Patrick Cekiso will take over from the ANC as councillor in Ward 15 in Ditsobotla Municipality after yesterday’s win. The EFF won the seat from the ANC with 36.48% of the votes cast compared to 54.79% that the ANC received in the 2016 Municipal Elections. The voter turnout in this election was 48.67%. – SAnews.gov.za

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