Nquthu by-election fight is on

THE date for the long-awaited Nquthu by-election has been announced and political parties have already started throwing punches in the run-up to voting day on 24 May.

This follows the stalemate which developed in last year’s local government elections and the dissolving of the Nquthu Municipality by the provincial government.

Voter registrations were held at the weekend.

The ANC has called on voters to check their addresses in all 116 voting districts.

The party says it is the duty of all citizens to ensure that they exercise this hard-won right to vote.

Meanwhile, the IFP has raised concerns after receiving reliable information that ANC leaders in KwaZulu-Natal visited schools last week and requested copies of learners’ IDs ahead of voter registration.

IFP National Chairman Blessed Gwala said this was clearly an attempt to register students in areas where the IFP beat the ANC previously and this amounts to electoral fraud.

‘Such abuse of our learners must be condemned in the strongest terms.

‘In addition to this, the ANC is telling social grant recipients that if they do not vote for the ANC candidate, their grants will be in jeopardy.’

‘We have reported the abuse of state resources to the IEC and backed up our claims with photographic evidence many times in the past, but this continues unabated.’

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Larry Bentley
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