IEC receives first batch of municipal ward boundaries for 2016 elections

2015-08-27 17:59
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Johannesburg - The Municipal Demarcation Board has handed over the first batch of final municipal ward boundaries for the 2016 local government elections to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) on Thursday.

"While we have already been working for many months preparing for the upcoming municipal elections, the handover of the final ward boundaries is, in many respects, the starting gun for our final lap of preparations for the elections," IEC vice chairperson Terry Tselane said in a statement.

"The municipal boundaries and their wards are the foundation for the establishment of an accurate and up-to-date voters' roll for the municipal elections – which is a critical enabler for a free and fair election."

He said work would now start on establishing voting districts, identifying voting station locations and encouraging people to register and participate in the 2016 elections.

This is just the first batch of municipal ward boundaries, which includes 75% of municipalities, comprising 2 951 wards.

The remainder of the municipal ward boundaries for municipalities that have been changed is still to come.

"These present us with a different and more complex task - which includes the important task of identifying those voting districts which have split into new wards," said Tselane.

"The voters in these areas need special engagement and communication from us to ensure they are aware of any changes which have impacted on their registration so that they are not disenfranchised or inconvenienced on election day."

The current five-year term of municipal councils ends on May 17 next year. This means that elections have to be held between May 18 and August 16 2016.

A final decision on the date for the elections will be made by the co-operative governance and traditional affairs minister after consultation with the IEC.

Tselane said the IEC will be ready for whatever date is decided.

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