IEC Declares Elections Free And Fair

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The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has declared the 2021 Local Government Elections free and fair.  


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The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has declared the 2021 Local Government Elections free and fair.  
More than 12 million people cast their ballots on Monday November 1 2021. It was the country's sixth local government election since the dawn of democracy. Members of public elected the preferred officials in 257 municipal councils around the country. 
IEC Chairperson Glen Mashinini says the 2021 local government elections demonstrates to the rest the of world that South African remains a beacon of pre-eminence on the conduct of electoral democracy
He said, “We are satisfied that, bar a few incidents, for which we apologise, that we have delivered quality elections. We are proud to proclaim to the world that we are still flying high the banner of electoral integrity, excellence and free and fair elections”.
“We congratulate the 10 461 councillors who have won the right to serve our people. We urge them to go out and make the lives of our people better. Go out and ensure that our communities develop and live in peace. Go out and, through your honest and ethical work, guarantee the future of our children,” concluded Mashinini
President Cyril Ramaphosa welcomed the election results and called on politicians to bring about the change that members of the public are calling for.
He said, “At the end of the day, we all want the same thing: to better the lives of the South African people. We need to strengthen the trust between citizens and elected representatives through competence, integrity, performance and delivery”. 
Eight metropolitans were contested in the elections. Below is the breakdown of the top three political parties for each metro party. 
Buffalo City - The African National Congress (ANC) received 59.3% of the votes and were followed by the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) with 19.52% and 12.06% respectively. 
City of Cape Town - The DA won 58.22% of the vote while the ANC won 18.63% of the vote and the EFF won 4.13% of the vote. 
Ekurhuleni - The ANC won majority of the votes with 38.19% and were followed by the DA with 28.72% and the EFF with 13.57% of the vote.
Ethekwini in KwaZulu Natal, was won by the ANC who received 42.2% of the votes followed by the DA with 25.6% and the EFF with 10.49%.
The City of Johannesburg- The ANC received 33.30% of the votes and were closely followed by the DA  who received 26.47% and newcomers Action SA receiving 16.05%.  
Mangaung - the ANC won the majority of seats after receiving 50.63% of the votes, followed by the DA with 25.73% and the EFF with 11.31%.
Nelson Mandela Bay - the ANC and DA both won 39% of the votes and were followed by the EFF who received 6.4% of the votes. 
The City of Tshwane- The city of Tshwane was hotly contested where the ANC won 34.31% of votes and were followed by the DA who received 32.34% of the vote. They were followed by the EFF who received 10.62% of the vote.

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