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Already dealing with a host of challenges, the ANC now stands to lose power in several municipalities in KwaZulu-Natal should the Electoral Court rule against the party’s application seeking to reopen the councillor candidate registration process.
Briefing the media on Tuesday, 31 August 2021, following the ANC Special Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) meeting on Monday, the party’s Provincial Secretary, Mdumiseni Ntuli, explained that the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal has not been able to register candidates in several municipalities.
Delving into the matter, he explained that the PEC expressed serious concern that the ANC could not register several wards and PR candidates in numerous municipalities. “The ANC did not secure the registration of all PR candidates in the following municipalities, Endumbe, uPhongola, Abaqulusi, Ulundi and Nongoma Local Municipalities.”
None of these municipalities apparently have a single candidate.
According to Ntuli, the African National Congress is also without Ward candidates in the following municipalities:
- uPhongola: Ward 4, 10 and 11
- Abaqulusi: Ward 1, 5 and 7
- Nongoma: Wards 8, 9, 12 and 17
- Ulundi: Wards 7 and 12
- General Gizenga Maqina Mpanza region does not have ward candidates registered
- KwaDukuza: Wards 2, 6, 10, 20, 22 and 24
- Mandeni: Ward 15
In the Umzinyathi District Municipality, the ANC could apparently get no district candidates registered.
While he stated the ANC well represents a number of other municipalities, the PEC is deeply concerned that this situation will replace the ANC as the governing party in the municipalities and effectively undermine the advancement of the National Democratic Revolution.
He further noted that the PEC believed that COVID-19 and the new IEC electronic registration system played a role in its failure to field councillor candidates in all the wards it intends to contest in the October local government elections.
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