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Three parties to battle it out in by-election

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Ward Councilors of the ANC, DA and EFF will battle it out at the Municipal ward elections in Gamagara Municipality next week

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MUNICIPAL ward by-elections will be held in Ward 7 in the Gamagara Municipality next week.

The by-elections in the Province are among three taking place on Wednesday, the other two being in Gauteng and the Western Cape.

The ward will be contested by Kagisho Matthews Mangoakwe of the ANC, Hendrik Johannes Fourie of the DA and Okaile Daniel Tlhopile of the EFF.

The ward was previously represented by the DA and became vacant as a result of the death of the councillor.

Spokesperson for the Electoral Commission, Kate Bapela, said yesterday that the voter turn-out for this ward in the 2016 municipal elections was 69.43 percent. “The DA candidate won the ward with 46.76 percent of valid votes.”

The elections in Gauteng is for the Midvaal Municipality, which was also previously represented by the DA, and the one in the Western Cape is for the City of Cape Town. This ward was previously represented by the ANC, who won it with 77.6 percent of the votes.

In the previous round of by-elections, held last week Wednesday, the ANC experienced a dip in support in Ward 1 in Magareng (Warrenton) but still maintained the majority of votes with 60 percent (71 percent in 2016). The EFF almost doubled its support from 19 percent to 37 percent, while the Forum 4 Service Delivery (F4SD) obtained three percent (compared to five percent previously) of the votes.