Posters deposit cut approved

2014-01-29 00:00

WITH general elections just around the corner, eThekwini Municipality has waived restrictive bylaws by slashing the deposit payment for campaign posters in half.

Yesterday, council executive (Exco) members approved the cutting of election poster payments by 50% to allow political parties to advertise on the city poles.

A report tabled at Exco by city manager Sbu Sithole stated that political parties will now pay a refundable deposit of R100 for 800 posters allowed per ward for both voter registration and the elections.

“This means that applications to the general advertising branch of development planning environment and management unit be accompanied by the required deposit to cover the entire election process from voter registration to the date of elections,” said Sithole.

“After the election funds are kept in the trust for a three-month period to cover any costs incurred from a party that fails to remove its election posters within period.”

Failure to remove posters after the election period will result in the municipality removing and recovering any cost incurred from the party concerned, he said.

Sithole said the cost levied by the city to remove posters will be R50 per poster during the election period.

He said the city’s outdoor advertising bylaws apply certain restrictions related to road safety, image and ambience. The fact that the city is a tourist destination means there are restrictions on outdoor advertising in certain areas, he said.

“The city will allow parties to erect their flying banners in Ruth First Highway (M4 North), Inkosi Albert Luthuli Highway (M4 South), the Beachfront (O.R Tambo Parade), for three weeks only,” said Sithole. “But on Higginson Highway both election material posters and flying banners are allowed.”

Parties will be allowed to display election material and create wall murals in the CBD.

Councillors unanimously approved the relaxing of the city’s bylaws to permit their parties to campaign freely.

According to the bylaws, posters should be:

• standard size A1

• confined to electricity lamp poles

• not allowed on trees, bridges, robots, road signs and walls

• not posted at a height less than 2,5 metres.

Posters must be removed within 30 days, after either the end of voter registration or the election date.

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