Conflicting reports are coming from the UDM and ANC in Nelson Mandela Bay about the outcome of the vote for the coveted Ward 30 (Veeplaas and KwaMagxaki).
The UDM, which won the traditionally-ANC ward from the ruling party during a by-election in August last year, claims the ANC does not want to accept that it has clinched a majority vote at two of the four voting stations.
The ANC, on the other hand, blames the UDM for refusing to accept that the ANC has reclaimed control over the ward.
The stalemate has resulted in several re-counts of two of the voting stations.
UDM mayoral candidate Mongameli Bobani said the ANC had already won two of the voting districts – the same two it won during the by-election.
However, the remaining two – which tipped the scale for the UDM last year – are the ones in dispute, Bobani said.
“The numbers are not tallying with the ballot papers. There are more ballot papers than the number of people who voted.
“The two VDs [voting districts] have been re-counted about 10 times because the ANC does not want to accept that the UDM has more voters.
“It’s a stalemate,” Bobani said.
The ANC’s regional task team coordinator Bheza Ntshona, on the other hand, said the total results for Ward 30 had already been tallied and the ANC had come out on top.
“We have won Ward 30. It’s the UDM that doesn’t want to accept that we have taken back the ward,” Ntshona said.
The Electoral Commission has not yet released results for Ward 30.