IFP lose three Nongoma wards in by-elections

Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) logo. Supplied Image.

Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) logo. Supplied Image.

The IFP lost three wards in closely contested by-elections in Nongoma in KwaZulu-Natal, according to results posted on the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) website on Thursday morning.

The Inkatha Freedom Party on Wednesday lost two wards to breakaway group, the National Freedom Party, and one to the African National Congress.

The ANC got 44.91 percent of the votes in one of the wards where the IFP got 21.64 percent of the votes and the NFP received 33.44 percent of the ward’s votes.

In the ward where the NFP received 34.41 percent of the votes it was a closely contested ward. From the 2659 votes cast, 2633 were valid and 26 were spoilt ballots. The NFP received 906 votes while the ANC received 903 votes and the IFP 824 votes.

Another ward the NFP obtained from the IFP was closely contested. A total of 2509 votes were cast but 30 were spoilt ballots. The NFP got 889 of the votes while the IFP got 880 of the votes.

By-elections were held in nine wards in KwaZulu-Natal, the Eastern Cape, Free State, the North West and Limpopo.

The ANC was uncontested in Molemole, Limpopo, and retained wards in Tswaing in the North West and Hibiscus Coast (Port Shepstone) in KwaZulu-Natal.

The Democratic Alliance retained two wards and won a Makhado (Louis Trichardt) ward in Limpopo from an independent candidate with 38.85 percent of the votes.

The DA retained the Ngwathe (Parys) ward in the Free State and the Nelson Mandela Bay (Port Elizabeth) ward in the Eastern Cape.

– Sapa

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