Minister Shiceka ‘consulting’ over single election

2010-03-03 14:24

Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Sicelo

Shiceka will “take further consultations” on the possibility of holding a single

election in future before raising the matter with the Cabinet.

Shiceka told a media briefing in Cape Town today the benefits of

holding one election “were very simple”.

“They are going to ensure we don’t have election fatigue. When we

have elections, two-and-a-half years later there is another election... It means

there is no time for stability for us to focus on service delivery.

“It is going to assist in planning. When we plan, we have one


A single ballot would allow political parties to carry out their

manifestos, he said.

“...You have one manifesto you are able to execute it in five

years,” he said.

Shiceka said the matter had been presented to all structures of the

ANC, but was still to go to Cabinet.

“We will be taking further consultations on the matter,” he


A single election would also allow top personnel to be deployed to

municipalities, which were a priority.

“On the issue of deployment of personnel on people who represent

political parties... What is happening now is that the best cadres are in

national government. The second coach of the train is in provincial government,

and the last coach becomes local government.

“You find that we don’t have the best of the best in local


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