Over 30,000 vote in by-elections

FILE PIC: IEC officials help people determine their voting districts. Picture: Tracy Lee Stark

Ballots were cast by 30,565 of the 87,957 people registered to vote in 10 municipal by-elections around the country, according to results released by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) on Thursday.

A total of 411 spoilt ballots were recorded in nine of the 10 wards in by-elections on Wednesday. Citizens in only one ward — Thaba Chweu in Mpumalanga — did not spoil a single ballot.

The highest number of votes cast was in Ward 43 in Cape Town where 5670 of the 18,889 registered voters made their mark.

This was followed by Ward 48 in the eThekwini Metro where 5631 of the 15,597 registered voters cast their vote.

In Ward 35 in Cape Town 5299 out of 16,787 registered voters visited the polls.

Ward 49 in the Ethekwini metro saw 5124 of the 15,912 registered voters casting a ballot.

Of the 4420 registered voters in Saldanha Bay, 2362 people made their mark.

On the Hibiscus Coast in KwaZulu-Natal, 2064 of the 5201 voters cast their vote.

Fewer votes were cast in Greater Taung (1472 out of 3859 registered voters), Lephalale in Limpopo (1359 out of 4310), Kgatelopele in the Northern Cape (968 out of 1783), and Thaba Chweu in Mpumalanga (616 out of 1199 registered voters).

– Sapa

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