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The ANC in Bokone Bophirima is determined to win the seven wards that are set to be contested in a by-election in four weeks' time.

ANC Bokone Bophirima provincial chairperson Supra Mahumapelo said he was confident that the party would retain all the seven wards it's been leading since the 2013 by-election.

Mahumapelo said it was regrettable that the Constitutional Court found some irregularities in the voters' roll for the 2013 by-elections, the majority of which was won by the ANC, but added that the party respects any court ruling and will abide by it. The by-elections will be held on 24 February in line with the court order that stipulated that fresh elections be held within 90 days of the court's ruling.

"The people of Tlokwe will continue to entrust the ANC with the leadership of the municipality the same way they did in 2013 and in all elections before that... because the ANC has proven itself as the only best leader of the Tlokwe local municipality," said Mahumapelo.

Wards affected by next month's by-elections are 1,4,11,12,13,18 and 20.

The ANC is already hard at work in these Tlokwe wards, helping residents understand the importance of registering and of ensuring they have got relevant documents required for correct registration.

"We have been visiting Tlokwe since last year after the Constitutional Court ruling, just to explain to our members and voters what holding fresh by-elections means and why they should again make time to go and cast their vote," Mahumapelo said. "We are pleased that residents responded positively and are preparing their documents accordingly to ensure they are captured properly".

He added: "We are also pleased that the Independent Electoral Commission is on record saying it has corrected all the weaknesses that were identified by the Constitutional Court. We still have full confidence in the IEC to run a free and fair election."

Mahumapelo said governing Tlokwe was crucial because the ANC is determined to continue running all Bokone Bophirima municipalities even beyond local government elections that will be held later this year.

"Our people of Tlokwe know the ANC's good work. It was under the ANC government that the municipality continued to scoop Blue Drop and Green Drop status awards for its outstanding water qualify and good waste water management," he said.

Candidates contesting the Tlokwe by-elections are expected to register by the end of this week. More than 23 000 potential voters have so far registered for the by-elections in the seven Tlokwe municipality wards, with more expected to add their names to the voters' roll for this crucial by-election.


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