Parties face fines if election posters not removed

2014-05-20 14:12

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Political parties have 10 days after the elections to remove campaign posters, the City of Cape Town has said.

According to standard election rules, parties had until Saturday to remove the posters, City spokesperson Priya Reddy said.

“However, after discussions, we have decided to give the parties a few extra days to remove posters before we get our contractors to start removing them.

“We will start removing all election posters from Thursday May 22,” she said.

If parties failed to remove their posters by then in Cape Town, they would be fined R88.40 per poster or R126.90 per pasted poster removed.

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) said the removal was regulated by municipal by-laws.

“The IEC is not involved at all,” spokesperson Kate Bapela said.

The City of Johannesburg said it had been in consultation with various political parties regarding the posters.

“A penalty for illegal posters is R1 000 per illegal poster,” it said.

“According to the by-laws, there is a seven-day grace period to remove all political party posters.”

However, the city council was yet to announce a final deadline for the removal of all election posters.

The eThekwini council in Durban gave parties three months to remove their posters. Failing this, the municipality would remove them and claim R50 per poster, spokesperson Tozi Mthethwa said.

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