Msunduzi ready to host local elections

2016-08-03 06:00
PHOTO:Supplied Make your mark on 3 August.

PHOTO:Supplied Make your mark on 3 August.

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Memela warned voters not to take any pictures in the voting booths.

“Voters should not take a picture of the ballot after voting and should not write anything on the ballot booth. They should ensure they fold the three ballots, which are stamped, before inserting them ballot box.”

A total of 12 parties will be on the ballot paper - this will exclude the National Freedom Party after the Electoral Court decision to exclude the party­ in the elections. The party failed to meet the payment deadline for elections.

Memela said special votes will be administered to those who were approved, and will not be allowed to vote at their voting station on election day.

“Special voters applied and the window period was between 10 June to 8July. Therefore special votes will be administered to those who were approved for either a home visit or station voting. Only people who are physically infirmed and those who will not be in their voting areas on 3 August qualify for this special programme.”

Special voting days allocated for the municipal elections are 1 and 2 August. Memela said this means that if you are away from your voting district from 1 to 3 August you forfeit your vote in the 2016 municipal elections.

Voting on 1 and 2 August will be from 8am to 5pm and on 3 August from 7am to 7pm.

Pietermaritzburg police spokesperson Sergeant­ Mthokozisi Ngobese said violence hot spots will be closely monitored.

“We have identified hot spots and potentially unstable areas that will be closely monitored. We will be working with various police departments to ensure the elections run smoothly.”

Ngobese said a special task team that will work with the Hawks has been formed to deal with politically related cases.

In Msunduzi there are eight political parties contesting at district council level, 12 for the municipal council level and there are 10 Independent candidates. This means that there will be three ballot papers …

White and Grey: Ward election. Here you will vote for the person you want to represent you in your ward, to be your ward councillor. It has full names of the candidate, political party logo or photo if it is and independent candidate abbreviated name of the political party or IND if independent and empty box for making your mark.

Yellow: Local council (PR). Here you vote for the political party that you represent you in Msunduzi Council. It has the full names of political party, party logo-symbol, and abbreviated name of the party and empty box for your mark.

Green: District council (PR). Here you vote for the political party that you want to represent you in the District. It also has full names of political party, party logo-symbol, and abbreviated name of the party and empty box for your mark.

How to make a mark

First, ensure that the ballot you received is stamped by the IEC official. A voter may only make ONE mark in the box next to party or individual candidate of your choice. You must just be careful not to let your mark touch the walls of the box as this will confuse counters when your mark overlaps to other candidates or parties. You can mark with a cross, tick or any other clear symbol, just as long as your intention is clear to those who will be counting. If you have made a mistake the voter may notify the official who will then cancel the ballot and give you another one.

Ensure that you fold your three ballots and put them in the ballot box that will be pointed out to you by the ballot box and/or booth controller.

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