ANC confident in Mpumalanga by-elections

 The ANC in Mpumalanga is confident of its victory in this week’s by-elections, a secretary has said.

Provincial secretary Mandla Ndlovu said they stand better chances of winning Delmas’s ward 6 and Mayflower’s ward 7 because of community survey by Statistics South Africa early this year.

“The survey affirmed the ANC led government in the province of Mpumalanga as having done exceptionally well in delivering basic services to our people, which saw an increase in those having access to electricity from 69.3% in 2011 to 79.8% in 2016,” Ndlovu said.

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The IEC declared two Mpumalanga ward councillor posts vacant after the death of councillor candidate December Khumalo in Gert Sibande’s Mayflower and the forced resignation of Maria Sepenyane in Delmas’ Nkangala region.

Both Khumalo and Sepenyane were ANC councillor candidates.

Ndlovu said: “We encourage voters in the two wards to go out in numbers and vote for the ANC, their organisation, which has a traceable track record of service delivery”.

A week ago, the ANC in the area cried foul over the removal of their posters allegedly by members of opposition parties.

Regional ANC spokesman Sabelo Skhakhane called on opposition parties to respect the policies of the Independent Electoral Commission and “not remove our posters as it is unacceptable”.

“We equally call upon our own members and supporters to observe the same in regards to posters and election material belonging to the opposition,” added Skhakhane.

The by-elections is on 9 November 2016 however voting commenced on 8 November with special votes.

(edited by MLM)

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