Ward committee elections soon to be in full swing

2016-11-17 06:00

THE elections of ward committees in all wards in eThekwini Municipality takes place on 20 November.

The aim of these elections is to elect 10 members from the community to represent each ward and work with ward councillors and the municipality.

In terms of the Constitution, all municipalities must elect from its residents a ward committee to consult and advise the municipality - through the ward councillor - on the needs of the people within each ward.

Residents must have their green bar coded SA identity document or the new Smart card - no passports and/or driver’s licences will be accepted as the requirements for participation aligns with the same requirements for a local government election and participants have to reflect on the voters roll.

The committees are expected to meet every month to collate portfolio specific information from across the ward that should in turn be presented, with recommendations, for debate at the monthly meeting under chairmanship of the ward councillor.

Only the resident elected in the ward committee elections would be compensated with a stipend of R1 000 a month in lieu of out-of-pocket expenses, while the sub-committee would consist of volunteers.

In Tongaat and Verulam elections will be held in the La Mercy community hall, Magwaveni Word of Hope Crèche, Victoria Primary, Flambel Primary­, Canelands library, Hammonds­ Farm, Waterloo Phase six crèche, Mount Moreland Gazebo, Umdloti­ clinic, La Mercy Christian Church and Westbrook Retirement Village. Registration starts from 8am at all voting stations. The municipality said in a statement: “Ward committees are an important communication link between residents, ward councillors and the municipality. Interested partied must be able to read,debate issues and be a resident of the specific ward.”

The ward committee has a maximum of 10 members and the councillor chairs the monthly meetings. Residents are urged to participate in the upcoming elections.

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