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ANC bolstered by performance in by-elections victory

10 July 2009

The African National Congress (ANC) performance in by-elections has thus far been bolstered, with the organisation set for yet another victory when contesting seven by elections in three provinces next month.

Next month`s by-elections will be contested in three provinces: five in KwaZulu-Natal wards (Mnambithi, Ndaka, Khahlamba, Nqutu, Mvoti-Greytown municipalities), one in the Northern Cape (Khai-ma Municipality) and one in the Western Cape (Ceres Municipality).

The ANC is pleased to have won six of the nine by-elections contested in the Free State, Eastern Cape and Gauteng on Wednesnesday. We are particularly pleased by our performance in Metsimaholo (Sasolburg) where the ANC vote increased from 69% in 2006 to 91%. In Buffalo City the DA just held onto ward 29 with 50.7% compared with 50.6% in 2006. COPE contested four seats, receiving half to a third of its percentage in the recent national and provincial elections.

In all the contested wards the incumbents held onto their seats, with increased majorities. We are, however, concerned at the low voter participation compared to both the 2006 local elections and the recent 2009 polls.

ANC – once again – calls on communities to vigorously participate in next month’s and September by-elections to ensure accountable local government.

Issued by:
Jessie Duarte
National Spokesperson
African National Congress

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