Umvoti mayor to be elected next Tuesday

2016-08-17 06:00

AS reported in last week’s Greytown Gazette, the ANC retained Umvoti Municipality obtaining 53.66% of the ward, PR and district municipality votes with the IFP on 40,53%. In real numbers ANC received 59 622 and the IFP 45 030 votes. The DA had a total of 4 034, the EFF 1 543, African Mantungwa community 438 and the three Independents got 446 votes.

With 65% of the registered voters casting their votes the ANC has 10 councillors in the 14 wards and the IFP four ward councillors.
However, taking the PR formula into account the IFP has seven PR councillors, the ANC five and the DA once again has one PR councillor. The number of councillors have been increased from the 2011 elections from 21 to 27 with three extra wards making up the 14.

In terms of the Local Government Municipal Structures Act the first council meeting of a newly elected council has to take place within 14 days of election results.
The Umvoti Council meeting will therefore be held next Tuesday 23 August at 10am in the town hall, at which the Umvoti Mayor, Speaker and Executive Committee will be elected.

Voters also made their mark for the Umzinyathi District Municipality and these councillors will also be elected at next Tuesday’s meeting.
The ANC received 19 712 votes and the IFP 15 093. Msinga and Nquthu form part of the district municipality and both areas were won by the IFP. Endumeni is “hung” and have elected their mayors and representatives.

The public is invited to attend this meeting, and as can be seen from the official notice of the meeting on page 3, parking around the town hall in Pine and Bell streets will be closed to the public prior and for the duration of the meeting. In addition the public is warned that no weapons, no political regalia or weapons of any kind are permitted. The outcome of the elected officials is being awaited with considerable interest. The district council meets after the four member councils.

At the time of going to press the parties had not officially notified IEC of their PR councillors. The lists, as published in the Greytown Gazette on 6 July, can be amended by the political parties. Names of the PR councillors will be published in next week’s issue.

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