Voters urged to exercise their right on Wednesday

2016-08-04 06:00

LEGISLATURE speaker Noxolo Kiviet said having analysed the previous voting patterns with the IEC and seeing how low the turn-out was in some areas of the Eastern Cape, they decided to go around the province encouraging registered voters to go out and vote on Wednesday, August 3.

The IEC has also been conducting voter education campaigns throughout the province.

Kiviet said that in some areas, turn-out was as low as 40 per cent in the previous elections.

“As the institution, we cannot allow that 40% of voters decide who to rule municipalities. Those who won would be governing on behalf of the minority and that is not what democracy requires,” the legislature speaker said.

According to the IEC, by the 1st of June this year, 3 337 532 people had registered to vote. This number was made up of 1 908 575 females and 1 428 957 males. The age group that brought big numbers registered to vote was the 20-29 year-olds with 393 430 females and 336 008 males in this group.

The IEC said in a media statement this week that they are in the final stretch with their preparations for Election Day.

The election will commence with the administration of Special Votes on the 1st and 2nd of August for those who applied on time and were approved for voting station visits and home visits.

Do not waste your vote

The Democratic Alliance in Kouga urges residents not to waste their vote.

“The upcoming municipal elections will be contested in the Kouga by no less than eight different political parties. Some new, others well-known,” said Sarah Baartman District Municipality candidate Henni Britz. “It is a fact that the smaller parties will split the vote in the Kouga.

Britz, base this on the following official 2014 IEC national and provincial election results for the Kouga.

  • DA: 20 037 votes (49.87%)
  • ANC: 17 766 votes (44.22%)
  • VF+: 1 041 votes (2.59%)
  • EFF: 494 votes (1.23%)
  • ACDP: 178 votes (0.44%)
  • UDM: 125 votes (0.31%)
  • Patriotic Alliance: 10 votes (0.02%)
  • Khoisan Party: 0 votes (0.00%)
  • “For a party to secure one seat in the council on the propo

“If you vote for a smaller party or independent candidate on August 3, you will certainly waste your vote.”

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