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The ANC has lost a last-minute bid to postpone a by-election in an IFP-controlled municipality in northern KwaZulu-Natal. The ANC said in a statement ahead of the by-election in Ward 4 in Mtubatuba on Wednesday that it had not only discovered malpractice but a "fraudulent act to tamper with the voters’ roll and registering voters in a ward where [they] do not legally reside". "We want to inform the people of KwaZulu-Natal and SA that, after carefully analysing the voters’ roll‚ the ANC noted a list of more than 200 people from the nearby ward — [and] others with addresses that could not be verified. It was also strange to pick up many people who once registered in Hlabisa now appearing in Ward 4. How [is that] possible?" ANC provincial task-team co-ordinator Sihle Zikalala said the party had formally asked the Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) to postpone the by-election to ensure that the democratic rights of the people of Ward 4 are protected. On Tuesday afternoon, the ANC’s legal ...

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