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Elections facts and figures

2011-05-16 19:29

Pretoria - More than 23 million registered voters will have the opportunity on Wednesday to elect their municipal councillors in South Africa's fourth democratic municipal elections.

Unlike in previous municipal elections, every voter in South Africa will be able to vote for one of 4 277 ward councillors to represent them in their municipality.

The ward councillors can be either a member of a political party, or an independent.

Proportional representation


A further 458 councillors will be appointed though a proportional representation vote in each municipality. This excludes district council councillors.

In terms of this vote, if a party receives 70% support, it will be allowed to appoint 70% of the proportional representation councillors in a municipality.

Half the councillors in a municipality are ward councillors directly elected. The other half are proportional representation councillors appointed in terms of candidate lists prepared by political parties.

Voters living in one of South Africa's eight metropolitan councils will receive a yellow ballot paper to vote for a party, and a white ballot paper to vote for a ward councillor of their choice.

In South Africa's 226 non-metropolitan local councils, voters will also receive a third green ballot paper.

This is to vote for a party, which will through its candidate list appoint a percentage of councillors who will represent them in 44 district councils that will be responsible for providing bulk services to their municipalities.

121 political parties

Voting will take place at 20 868 voting stations throughout the country.

Unlike in the previous national election in 2009, people can only vote at the station where they registered.

An average of 1 200 voters is registered at each voting station. In densely populated urban areas however as many as 8 500 people are registered at a single station.

A total of 121 political parties and a record number of 748 independent candidates will take part in this election. The high number of independent candidates is largely due to discontent with candidates proposed by the ANC.

For the first time ever, only two wards in South Africa will be unopposed. The ANC candidates will have no opponents in Komga and Queenstown.

In Cape Town, which is currently controlled by the DA, a record number of 32 parties will take part in the polls.

A total of 53 596 candidates have been proposed by various political parties to contest this election.

Voting will start at 07:00 and booths will close at 19:00. Ballots will be counted at the voting stations. The results will then be communicated to the Independent Electoral Commission's centre in Pretoria.

Results


The first results in the elections are expected before midnight on Wednesday evening. Final results should be out by not later than Friday morning.

Because of changes to the Electoral Act, an Electoral Court will for the first time have the right to declare an election null and void as a result of objections and order a new election in an area before May 31.

The average turnout for municipal elections since 1994 has always been below 50%. In national elections by contrast more than 80% is not unusual.

Analysts say more than 50% turnout would be exceptional and could result in changes in the country's political landscape.

After this election, Buffalo City or East London and Mangaung, in which Bloemfontein falls, will become metropolitan councils, bringing the total number of metropolitan councils in South Africa up to eight.

This will cause the number of district councils to drop to 44.

The number of non-metropolitan councils will be reduced to 226, from the previous 237.

The ANC in 2006 received 64.8% of the vote, the DA 16%, the IFP 7.6% and a number of smaller parties the rest.

Comments
  • JuluisMalema - 2011-05-17 07:39

    The Leaders of the country supports the police because they are also just as corrupt. The ANC and Police are proud sponsors of crime and corruption and also start killing since 1994. If you vote ANC you also support cime, corruption and murdering. If you are fed up and want change start changing your vote, if not go on support murdering, crime and corruption.......

      JuluisMalema - 2011-05-17 09:15

      Who is steeling all the money, for party's, cars and houses, all the black ANC Leaders. And where is poverty most popular? Yes in black town ships, meanwhile the black leaders and all their friends and family are well off and only looking after them selfes. Poverty increased rapedly after 1994, Apartheid controlled all of that. Apartheid was wrong i know that but get over it, it is gone now and will not happen again, revenge is also wrong. Do not stare blind at the past, look at what is happening in SA now, only a few are benifiting from the ANC. Poverty and job losses increased rapidly since the ANC ruled. Long grass along main road are a common site which was never a case when the NP ruled. Johannesburg roads and sidewalks was tidy and neat all the way under the NP, but what does the streets look like now days. Yes apartheid was wrong i know that I agree 100%, but do you think this is any better now? I do not think so, read the bible about apartheid and about what is happening now in SA there are alot of pieces in the bible about that, but you have to read with an open mind, because there is not spicific pieces about apartheid and revenge, just use an open mind and think alot.

      Rod - 2011-05-17 10:08

      WE WILL SEE IF THERE IS REAL DEMOCRACY IN SOUTH AFRICA IF THE ANC LOOSE

  • PaulChinchen - 2011-05-17 07:57

    Ons moet B I D vir die ANC. Bring It Down! Hoe lekker (begin) lag ek nou...

      frederick777 - 2011-05-17 09:29

      OVER FIVE MILLION REASONS WHY I WILL NOT BE VOTING ANC There are over five million reasons why I will not be voting for the African National Congress (ANC) in the upcoming elections on 18 May 2011: 1. Over one million babies have been killed by abortion in South Africa - officially, legally, often with tax payers' money - since the ANC legalized abortion-on-demand, 1 February 1997. "Deliver those who are drawn toward death. And hold back those stumbling to the slaughter." Proverbs 24:11 2. Over 500,000 people have been murdered in South Africa since 1994 - under the ANC government - yet the ANC has steadfastly refused to consider re-instating the death penalty for murder. Nor have they been willing to put the matter to a referendum. "Bloodshed pollutes the land and atonement cannot be made for the land on which blood has been shed, except by the blood of the one who shed it." Numbers 35:33 3. Over one million women and children have been raped in the 17 years of ANC rule (and that is just using the reported rape statistics) - while pornography has been legalised. Reportedly, less than 7% of reported rapes result in convictions. "Why do people commit crimes so readily? Because crime is not punished quickly enough." Ecclesiastes 8:11 4. The ANC is soft on the criminals and hard on the victims of crime. Rather than fight crime effectively, the ANC have worked to disarm the potential victims of crime, denying firearm licenses to tens of thousands of law abiding citizens, and claiming that self-defence is not a legitimate reason for owning a firearm! Rather than support community initiatives to fight crime, the ANC have frustrated communities by demanding that security barriers be removed from crime-afflicted suburbs. "Stop doing wrong, learn to do right! Seek justice." Isaiah 1:16-17 5. The ANC's Ministry of Education has evidenced a generally hostile attitude to Christianity, insensitivity to the concerns of parents and prejudice against the Bible. Kadar Asmal's anti-Christian policies and the unworkable Outcomes Based Education curriculum 2005, dumbed-down education and turned government schools into recruitment centres for radical homosexual groups. "My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge." Hosea 4:6 6. The ANC's Affirmative Action, Black Economic Empowerment and blind support for Mugabe's racist and tyrannical policies have chased away investors and cost the South African economy millions of jobs. According to the JSE, the net worth of South Africa over the first 10 years of ANC rule shrunk by over 30%. And the Rand under the ANC has plummeted from R2 to the US dollar to R7 to $1. "Do not use dishonest standards...Use honest scales and honest weights...I am the Lord your God." Leviticus 19:35-36 7. Rates and taxes are higher and government services are lower. Despite increased rates and taxes the filthy, litter strewn, graffiti-vandalised communities testify to the incompetence of government. "You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting..." Daniel 5:27 8. Corruption has flourished under the ANC to such an extent that the ANC is being referred to in the streets as the Abortion, Nepotism and Corruption party. "They claim to know God but by their actions they deny Him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good." Titus 1:16 9. The endless propaganda and pornographic programmes on state TV - which is supported by compulsory "licences". "Who will rise up for Me against the wicked? Who will take a stand for Me against evildoers?" Psalm 94:16 10. The arrogance of so many in the ANC and the arbitrary manner in which they ride roughshod over the concerns and freedoms of others - such as the Minister of Health refusing to meet over a thousand concerned doctors; and how their ICASA has attempted to close down many Christian and community radio stations in South Africa. "Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people." Proverbs 14:34 The Bible instructs us to "select capable men from all the people - men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain - and appoint them as officials..." Exodus 18:21 Evidently ANC candidates fail to qualify on Biblical grounds. Mobilise Your Congregation to Think Before They Ink! The South African Biblical Issues Voters' Guide aims to inform Christians about the different political parties' track record and policies on pro-life, pro-family, and free enterprise issues.

  • supporter - 2011-05-17 08:52

    EVERYBODY, PLSE MAKE SURE THAT YOUR BALLOT PAPER IS STAMPED AT THE BACK. IF NOT STAMPED, YOUR VOTE WON'T COUNT AND THAT IS WHAT THE ANC WANTS

      realist101 - 2011-05-17 09:04

      @ EVERY VOTER THAT READS THIS!!! !!!!!!TAKE NOTE OF SUPPORTERS COMMENT AS THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT IF YOU WANT YOUR VOTE TO COUNT!!!!!!

      MarkJM - 2011-05-17 10:24

      Thanks for the heads up @supporter!

  • frederick777 - 2011-05-17 09:29

    OVER FIVE MILLION REASONS WHY I WILL NOT BE VOTING ANC There are over five million reasons why I will not be voting for the African National Congress (ANC) in the upcoming elections on 18 May 2011: 1. Over one million babies have been killed by abortion in South Africa - officially, legally, often with tax payers' money - since the ANC legalized abortion-on-demand, 1 February 1997. "Deliver those who are drawn toward death. And hold back those stumbling to the slaughter." Proverbs 24:11 2. Over 500,000 people have been murdered in South Africa since 1994 - under the ANC government - yet the ANC has steadfastly refused to consider re-instating the death penalty for murder. Nor have they been willing to put the matter to a referendum. "Bloodshed pollutes the land and atonement cannot be made for the land on which blood has been shed, except by the blood of the one who shed it." Numbers 35:33 3. Over one million women and children have been raped in the 17 years of ANC rule (and that is just using the reported rape statistics) - while pornography has been legalised. Reportedly, less than 7% of reported rapes result in convictions. "Why do people commit crimes so readily? Because crime is not punished quickly enough." Ecclesiastes 8:11 4. The ANC is soft on the criminals and hard on the victims of crime. Rather than fight crime effectively, the ANC have worked to disarm the potential victims of crime, denying firearm licenses to tens of thousands of law abiding citizens, and claiming that self-defence is not a legitimate reason for owning a firearm! Rather than support community initiatives to fight crime, the ANC have frustrated communities by demanding that security barriers be removed from crime-afflicted suburbs. "Stop doing wrong, learn to do right! Seek justice." Isaiah 1:16-17 5. The ANC's Ministry of Education has evidenced a generally hostile attitude to Christianity, insensitivity to the concerns of parents and prejudice against the Bible. Kadar Asmal's anti-Christian policies and the unworkable Outcomes Based Education curriculum 2005, dumbed-down education and turned government schools into recruitment centres for radical homosexual groups. "My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge." Hosea 4:6 6. The ANC's Affirmative Action, Black Economic Empowerment and blind support for Mugabe's racist and tyrannical policies have chased away investors and cost the South African economy millions of jobs. According to the JSE, the net worth of South Africa over the first 10 years of ANC rule shrunk by over 30%. And the Rand under the ANC has plummeted from R2 to the US dollar to R7 to $1. "Do not use dishonest standrds...Use honest scales and honest weights...I am the Lord your God." Leviticus 19:35-36 7. Rates and taxes are higher and government services are lower. Despite increased rates and taxes the filthy, litter strewn, graffiti-vandalised communities testify to the incompetence of government. "You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting..." Daniel 5:27 8. Corruption has flourished under the ANC to such an extent that the ANC is being referred to in the streets as the Abortion, Nepotism and Corruption party. "They claim to know God but by their actions they deny Him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good." Titus 1:16 9. The endless propaganda and pornographic programmes on state TV - which is supported by compulsory "licences". "Who will rise up for Me against the wicked? Who will take a stand for Me against evildoers?" Psalm 94:16 10. The arrogance of so many in the ANC and the arbitrary manner in which they ride roughshod over the concerns and freedoms of others - such as the Minister of Health refusing to meet over a thousand concerned doctors; and how their ICASA has attempted to close down many Christian and community radio stations in South Africa. "Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people." Proverbs 14:34 The Bible instructs us to "select capable men from all the people - men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain - and appoint them as officials..." Exodus 18:21 Evidently ANC candidates fail to qualify on Biblical grounds. Mobilise Your Congregation to Think Before They Ink! The South African Biblical Issues Voters' Guide aims to inform Christians about the different political parties' track record and policies on pro-life, pro-family, and free enterprise issues.

  • frederick777 - 2011-05-17 09:30

    OVER FIVE MILLION REASONS WHY I WILL NOT BE VOTING ANC There are over five million reasons why I will not be voting for the African National Congress (ANC) in the upcoming elections on 18 May 2011: 1. Over one million babies have been killed by abortion in South Africa - officially, legally, often with tax payers' money - since the ANC legalized abortion-on-demand, 1 February 1997. "Deliver those who are drawn toward death. And hold back those stumbling to the slaughter." Proverbs 24:11 2. Over 500,000 people have been murdered in South Africa since 1994 - under the ANC government - yet the ANC has steadfastly refused to consider re-instating the death penalty for murder. Nor have they been willing to put the matter to a referendum. "Bloodshed pollutes the land and atonement cannot be made for the land on which blood has been shed, except by the blood of the one who shed it." Numbers 35:33 3. Over one million women and children have been raped in the 17 years of ANC rule (and that is just using the reported rape statistics) - while pornography has been legalised. Reportedly, less than 7% of reported rapes result in convictions. "Why do people commit crimes so readily? Because crime is not punished quickly enough." Ecclesiastes 8:11 4. The ANC is soft on the criminals and hard on the victims of crime. Rather than fight crime effectively, the ANC have worked to disarm the potential victims of crime, denying firearm licenses to tens of thousands of law abiding citizens, and claiming that self-defence is not a legitimate reason for owning a firearm! Rather than support community initiatives to fight crime, the ANC have frustrated communities by demanding that security barriers be removed from crime-afflicted suburbs. "Stop doing wrong, learn to do right! Seek justice." Isaiah 1:16-17 5. The ANC's Ministry of Education has evidenced a generally hostile attitude to Christianity, insensitivity to the concerns of parents and prejudice against the Bible. Kadar Asmal's anti-Christian policies and the unworkable Outcomes Based Education curriculum 2005, dumbed-down education and turned government schools into recruitment centres for radical homosexual groups. "My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge." Hosea 4:6 6. The ANC's Affirmative Action, Black Economic Empowerment and blind support for Mugabe's racist and tyrannical policies have chased away investors and cost the South African economy millions of jobs. According to the JSE, the net worth of South Africa over the first 10 years of ANC rule shrunk by over 30%. And the Rand under the ANC has plummeted from R2 to the US dollar to R7 to $1. "Do not use dishonest standards...Use honest scales and honest weights...I am the Lord your God." Leviticus 19:35-36 7. Rates and taxes are higher and government services are lower. Despite increased rates and taxes the filthy, litter strewn, graffiti-vandalised communities testify to the incompetence of government. "You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting..." Daniel 5:27 8. Corruption has flourished under the ANC to such an extent that the ANC is being referred to in the streets as the Abortion, Nepotism and Corruption party. "They claim to know God but by their actions they deny Him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good." Titus 1:16 9. The endless propaganda and pornographic programmes on state TV - which is supported by compulsory "licences". "Who will rise up for Me against the wicked? Who will take a stand for Me against evildoers?" Psalm 94:16 10. The arrogance of so many in the ANC and the arbitrary manner in which they ride roughshod over the concerns and freedoms of others - such as the Minister of Health refusing to meet over a thousand concerned doctors; and how their ICASA has attempted to close down many Christian and community radio stations in South Africa. "Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people." Proverbs 14:34 The Bible instructs us to "select capable men from all the people - men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain - and appoint them as officials..." Exodus 18:21 Evidently ANC candidates fail to qualify on Biblical grounds. Mobilise Your Congregation to Think Before They Ink! The South African Biblical Issues Voters' Guide aims to inform Christians about the different political parties' track record and policies on pro-life, pro-family, and free enterprise issues.

  • Plain Jane - 2011-05-17 11:00

    Stories going around that if you are registered and you don't vote - your vote will automatically go to the ANC - which I believe can't be true - any truth in this matter, with proof...

      Moomish - 2011-05-17 12:35

      you should change your name to Plain dump. where did you here that from the loca priest. LOL you dump S

      bytjie - 2011-05-19 16:12

      it's kind of basic math say 10 people vote 5 for the anc and 5 for any other party the anc then has 50% of the vote (5 out of 10 votes) but if you take the same 10 people and 5 vote anc and the other 5 decide not to vote at all the anc gets 100% of the votes cast (5 out of 5 votes)

  • Umshini Wam - 2011-05-17 14:23

    Whats the bet the electoral council will vote all DA won districts null and call a revote :D?

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