By ROD AMNER
In a shock victory, Independent candidate Vuyani Nesi has captured Ward 14 after receiving 40% of the ward votes. He secured 721 votes at the Alicedale voting station alone.
The ANC won 49,54% of the proportional representation votes. Independent candidates are not eligible for PR votes.
This may explain the high number of spoilt ballots in Ward 14. Over 20% of PR ballots and almost a quarter of District Council ballots were spoilt. It seems that many voters were primarily interested in getting their independent ward candidate into office – and were not keen to vote for any political party.
The African National Congress (ANC) won the ward comfortably in 2016 with 63.68% of the vote.
Voter turnout in Ward 14 stands at 59.61%, slightly higher than the 58.59% recorded in 2016, and the highest voter turnout in Makana’s municipal elections this year.
Ward 14: 2016
- ANC 63.68%
- DA 32.61%
- EFF 3.68%
- UDM 0.03%
Total registered voters: 2 980
Voter turn-out %: 58.59%
Voter turn-out: 1 746
Councillor E. Louw, ANC