Matatiele Local Municipality viewpoint

2016-07-22 06:00

WARM greetings to all readers of this viewpoint.
Government ready for local elections
Government has confirmed that its plans are in place to hold free and fair municipal elections.

In 12 days, on 3 August, South Africans go to the polls for the fourth democratic local government elections. There are only 10 days left before the casting of special votes for home visitation and at voting stations.

On Tuesday, the inter-ministerial committee (IMC) on elections, led by the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, met in Pretoria to take final stock of preparations.

“The IMC discussion also brought into sharp focus the readiness of the Electoral Commission, issues of security during elections and an overview of the local government transition after the elections,” said Cogta spokesperson Legadima Leso on Tuesday.

To ensure a safe environment, the national joint operational and intelligence structure has been convened and its sub-committee on elections is co-ordinating safety and security planning for the elections.

A series of outreach activities will be conducted in various municipalities across the country to ensure a safe election.

Citizens urged to collect IDs
The Department of Home Affairs is reminding citizens to ensure they have a valid identity document which will enable them to vote. The department’s working hours have been extended ahead of elections.

New working hours across the country:

  • Saturday, 30 July – 8.30am to 5pm.
  • Monday, 1 August – 8.30am to 6pm.
  • Tuesday, 2 August – 8.30am to 6pm.
  • Wednesday, 3 August – 7am to 7pm

This will allow citizens to collect their green bar-coded ID books, smart ID cards or temporary ID certificates.

The total of all uncollected identity documents, according to the department stands at 282 300.
That is all from us for now. Until next time, stay safe and be blessed.
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