Disgruntled Taung ANC members threaten to boycott elections

2021-Oct-15   08:38

Disgruntled Taung ANC members threaten to boycott elections
Some African National Congress (ANC) members in Taung in the North West say they will stay away from the 1 November local government elections. This they say is because they do not want to vote their own party into power again for as long as it disregards their unhappiness with the manner in which candidate lists were tampered with.
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- Thabang Morutloa

Some African National Congress (ANC) members in Taung in the North West say they will stay away from the 1 November local government elections. This they say is because they do not want to vote their own party into power again for as long as it disregards their unhappiness with the manner in which candidate lists were tampered with.

Newsnote recently reported that some residents in several villages outside Mahikeng also said they would boycott the polls.

Residents of Taung’s Ward 14 in Manthe have become the latest to threaten not to participate in the upcoming elections citing similar frustrations.

“We as residents of Manthe will not be voting. We are not going to vote for a person that we did not choose to represent us. If others want to vote they can vote. But we as the community of Manthe won’t be voting,” one of the residents, Mina Mmolaiwa.

Kebarileng Letsoalo shares the same sentiments.

“In Ward 14 the community in Kgatlapane branch is not going to vote. We cannot as the community elect a leader of our choice according to what the ANC has promised. Then after we elect a leader of our choice then we are disregarded. We will not be voting,” said Letsoalo.

The ANC's deployee to Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati region, Sello Lehari, pleaded with residents to allow the party to attend to list disputes after the elections.

“Three days before registration there was a National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting, which is the highest decision making body in the ANC in the country. The president said it is late and we have already registered candidates. So as the NEC we took the decision to focus on campaigning and winning the elections, and it's only after the elections when the ANC will take action against those responsible for rigging the candidates lists. Even after we win those that were not elected by communities will resign from their positions,” Lehari said.

Police have warned disgruntled residents against attempting to disrupt elections.

 

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