Parties are calling on the youth to make use of this weekend’s voter registration process. One SA Movement says this local government election is about citizens taking back their power.
The movement leader, Mmusi Maimane, says the movement is supporting a number of independent candidates across the country and in the metro.
“One Movement for Cape Town will be representing about 25 wards and communities, particularly communities like Mfuleni, Langa, Khayelitsha, communities all across that we feel it’s important that we bring development to those communities. So, they are standing under One Movement, so we have got both the ward representation and the PR representation that must be brought on board and we are doing this all across the country and I’m so grateful that citizens are taking back their power.”
The Al Jama-ah party, which currently holds two seats in the city council, hopes to increase its support base in the metro.
Candidates are also looking to young and first–time voters to consider the party as a viable option.
In Nomzamo, in Strand, the African Freedom Revolution, has launched its provincial manifesto.
Its Provincial Chairperson, Zola Xaki says abolishing the tender system and the scrapping of historic water and electricity debt are among the election promises.
“If we can be given a chance to be part of government, as the AFR, we want to abolish the water tariff system. We want to address a water national crisis. We will abolish the tender system and employ communities at the municipality and support business entrepreunership, ensure 99% local employment for that particular municipality. We will remove water and electricity previous, historical debt and install a new easy and reliable system.”
The IEC says it has a few challenges like windy conditions impacting a temporary structure in Paarl, but that its managed to open all 1 577 voting stations across the province today.
LGE 2021 | Low turnout of eligible voters to register in Sekhuhune, Limpopo: