Election was ‘most difficult’

Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) vice chairman, Terry Tselane, described this election as “one of the most difficult in the history of our country”.

This he said had been caused by questions around the voters roll, an increase in the number of political parties and independent candidates, and violence, especially intra-party fighting, which had never been an issue before.

“It is time to relook the code of conduct of political parties because it doesn’t even speak of intra-party violence,” he said.

Last week, an ANC councillor was killed in Walmer in the Eastern Cape, and similar incidents occured in KwaZulu-Natal.

Election facts:

* 7 869 candidates contested elections across the Western Cape for the 914 available seats in the different municipalities.

* In the City of Cape Town, there are 231 seats available, with candidates vying for 116 wards.

* Nationally, there are 203 political parties taking part in the elections, 77 in the Western Cape.

* The IEC had 17 000 staff in the field on election day.

* Special votes, which includes home visits for those who cannot go to the polls on voting day, took place earlier on Monday and Tuesday. Across the province, 53 597 voters have applied to cast special votes.