Municipal board reveals more wards for 2016 elections

There will be 4 369 municipal wards in the 2016 local government elections, up from the current 4 277.

The New Age reported today that Municipal Demarcation Board chairperson Jane Thupana said the Eastern Cape would lose eight wards, and the Free State would gain five wards.

Gauteng and Mpumalanga would each gain one ward, KwaZulu-Natal’s wards would increase from 828 to 870, and Limpopo would increase from 543 to 552.

The Northern Cape would have 207 wards, up from 194, North West would have 407, up from 383, and the Western Cape would have 402, up from 387.

The board would start with the process of gathering public submissions on the boundaries of the new wards.

“The journey to the upcoming 2016 local government elections starts now,” Thupana was quoted as saying.

“If you want to be part of democracy at local level, take this opportunity to make a difference.”

The board is expected to make decisions on the boundaries in April 2015.

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