Here's why you should vote in your local by-election

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A woman casting her vote at an IEC voting station
A woman casting her vote at an IEC voting station
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Want to know who to talk to about potholes, refuse collection or streetlights in your area?

Well, that would be your ward councillor. And today, until 9pm, you have an opportunity to vote for them in the municipal by-elections.

Constitutional law expert, Professor Pierre de Vos says anyone who has any interest in what happens in the area in which they live should vote today.

“Municipalities and city councils are the closest level of governance to the people. If you want to have a say about what goes on in your town or city, then it is important for you to vote today,” he tells Drum.

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IEC spokesperson Kate Bapela has encouraged all South Africans to head to their voting stations.

“As a nation, we should be conscious about who we choose to be our local leaders, and this is our chance. A lot of people do not even know who their ward councillors are, and that has to change.

“They are the people we can directly talk to about streetlights, refuse collection or potholes, just to name a few. These are the people who deal with service delivery and so I would like to encourage all South Africans to get involved. This is the very essence of governance,” she says.

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In order to vote, you register where you live and vote where you are registered.

You can check your registration details by SMSing your identity number to 32810, visiting elections.org.za, or visiting your local/municipal electoral office.

Voting stations are open until 9pm tonight.

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