National 4.8.2016 01:18 pm

No results from eThekwini yet, but opposition parties optimistic

FILE PICTURE: Members of the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP). Picture: Alaister Russell

FILE PICTURE: Members of the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP). Picture: Alaister Russell

In Durban’s Inchanga area, reports emerged that the independent candidate Petrus Nxumalo celebrated winning eThekwini’s troubled Ward 4.

While election results from Durban appear to be absent from public websites, IFP and DA party officials are adamant they have increased their tally in the country’s second-largest metro.

The Electoral Commission of South Africa’s (IEC) website was not displaying any results by 11am, even though the KwaZulu-Natal chief electoral officer Mawethu Mosery maintained that the results of 65 voting stations had been counted and were being audited.

At the IEC results centre, party officials from the DA and the IFP were beaming with confidence although they did not want to go on the record.

A DA ward councilor, who retained his seat, said that he knew of six seats that the DA had claimed from the ruling African National Congress (ANC), while an IFP member at the elections centre said his party had retaken a ward in Durban’s Umlazi township as well as retained the lone Ward 39 that it had held in Durban’s KwaMashu township.

In Durban’s Inchanga area, reports emerged that the independent candidate Petrus Nxumalo celebrated winning eThekwini’s troubled Ward 4.

The ward, which is home to the city’s outgoing mayor, has been the scene of a stand-off between disaffected SA Communist Party members, who claimed that the party’s nominated candidate had been imposed on them.

And while none of these results could be confirmed by the IEC, social media websites were alive with comments of wards where councilors had won or lost.

The municipality, which has 110 ward seats, was previously under the control of the ANC. While the party is not expected to lose the municipality, early indications were that the party would lose seats to the IFP, the DA and the independent candidates.

Of the 110 ward seats up for grabs, there were 57 where independent candidates were standing. Most of those were former ANC members.

Mosery could not explain why the results for eThekwini were not being displayed.

He said that in KwaZulu-Natal the results of three municipalities had been completed.

He described the elections as having run smoothly despite some glitches and praised the patience of voters, especially those at 88 voting stations where IEC tents were blown away in a storm.

“We are encouraged by the understanding of voters who remained in the queue.”

He also said that so far there had been no major complaints from any of the political parties.
– African News Agency (ANA)

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