Nquthu to elect new of­fice bear­ers

The New Age (Free State) - - KWAZULU-NATAL NEWS - SIHLE MAVUSO news@the­newage.co.za

THE Nquthu coun­cil is ex­pected to hold a sit­ting on Tues­day to elect of­fice bear­ers, in­clud­ing the speaker and mayor, fol­low­ing last week’s highly con­tested by- elec­tions.

The sit­ting fol­lows a nine-month stale­mate, which has seen the mu­nic­i­pal­ity gov­erned by an ad­min­is­tra­tor while by­elec­tions were be­ing pre­pared.

The IFP was elected as the un­con­tested ruler of the coun­cil when it won 19 of the 33 seats in the by- elec­tions while its near­est con­tender, the ANC, won only 11. The rest of the seats went to the DA, 1, EFF, 1 and the NFP, 1.

The mu­nic­i­pal man­ager of Nquthu, Bonginkosi Gumbi, said they had set next week Tues­day as the date of the sit­ting. He, how­ever, said the date may be moved as they can­not hold the sit­ting if the In­de­pen­dent Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (IEC) had not gazetted the elec­tion’s re­sults. The gazetting of the re­sults was ex­pected to be done by to­day. Ac­cord­ing to IEC rules, the mu­nic­i­pal man­ager should con­vene a sit­ting within 14 days af­ter re­sults are an­nounced. He or she then pre­sides over the elec­tion of the speaker and hands over to him or her.

T he speaker then takes over and pre­sides over the elec­tion of the rest of the of­fice bear­ers like the mayor, deputy mayor and ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­bers.

“Our ten­ta­tive date for the sit­ting is next week Tues­day in Nquthu coun­cil of­fices. How­ever, we are still wait­ing for the IEC to gazette the re­sults be­fore we can pro­ceed with our elec­tions and that process is ex­pected to be done to­day,” Gumbi said.

The IFP’s national chair­per­son, Blessed Gwala, said their may­oral can­di­date would be Ma­bi­l­abila Kunene, the same can­di­date it put up be­fore the coun­cil was dis­solved in Fe­bru­ary this year.

Mean­while, Premier Willies Mchunu, in his one-year in of­fice speech, said the Nquthu by- elec­tions were peace­ful, free and fair.

He said what was left now was for all coun­cil­lors to put aside their nar­row po­lit­i­cal in­ter­ests and work to­gether in the in­ter­est of the vot­ers.

“Those who were elected across all po­lit­i­cal par­ties must ac­cept each other as the cred­i­ble and collective voice of or­di­nary peo­ple, we have a re­spon­si­bil­ity as lead­ers to en­sure po­lit­i­cal sta­bil­ity and so­cio- eco­nomic devel­op­ment,” he said.

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