‘Everything’s in place for election’

2011-05-16 10:41

All systems were in place for a successful, free and fair local government election, Acting Co-operative Governance Minister Nathi Mthethwa said today.

“All the ministers represented in the Inter-Ministerial Committee have confirmed their state of readiness in ensuring that voting on the 18th is in an environment that is conducive to a successful election,” he said.

The committee consists of members from various government departments, the presidency, the Municipal Demarcation Board, the SA Local Government Association and Independent Electoral Commission.

The committee, set up by Mthethwa to prepare for the municipal elections, is responsible for co-ordination and monitoring of support activities to ensure the commission can conduct a free and fair election.

“All the key stakeholders in the committee and related institutions have reported readiness in all provinces to ensure proper processes and systems before, during and after the elections on Wednesday.”

All provincial government departments had also reported being ready.

As a result of the redetermination of municipal boundaries and the delimitation of wards by the Municipal Demarcation Board, 278 municipalities (previously 283) would be ushered in on Wednesday, and the number of wards increased from 3 895 to 4 277.

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