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Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) say its all systems go as they administer by-elections nationwide following a delay amid national Covid-19 lockdown since March, but youth in the Moretele Local Municipality ward 08 have decided to ignore their basic right to vote.
This according to IEC Presiding Officer Dorcus Shelenki at Khubamelo Primary School voting station in Mmakaunyane who said so far they have seen positive turnout but mostly coming from senior citizens than young people within the area.
Talking some residents who were voting earlier today some said they are just voting just to exercise their right but they have lost all confidence in government and political parties because they have been crying for basic service delivery for years.
31 years Sophy Matlala said some of her biggest concerns are poor water supply, no street lights and poor service from the local clinic in Mmakaunyane.
“I have lost confidence in government because of poor service delivery but I am forever hopeful that maybe something positive might come out from the new candidate I have voted for because the previous Cllr paid no attention to our needs” she said.
Also present at the voting station was North West Community Safety MEC Mr Sello Lehari coming to show support for fellow ANC nominated comrade Gladys Soji, he said people shouldn’t lose hope and confidence in the governing party [ANC].
“We are aware of several complaints from the community members and backlog in the service delivery but we can assure people that their cry have not fallen on deaf ears we are still coming and we will address their needs.”
He added that he is confident that the ANC will retain the ward in the municipality.
The Economic Freedom Fighters’ (EFF) Cordelia Shai Provincial Command Team also came in support of their candidate saying she is confident that they are going to win.
The candidate to be voted in these by-elections will replace the Cllr Salome Mathato who passed away early this year.
Moretele Local Municipality was contested by three candidates from ANC, EFF and ECG.
Over 400 candidates have put their hands up for leadership in the by-elections taking place today in more than 50 municipalities nationwide.