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Municipal boundary determination process underway

Press Release 23 Jan 2020 - 17:15 SAST

Municipal boundary determination process underway

Press Release 23 Jan 2020 - 17:15 SAST

Information from South African Government News Agency

The Municipal Demarcation Board (MDB) will embark on nationwide public consultations on the first draft sets of electoral wards in preparation for next year’s local government elections.

The MDB delimits wards for the purpose of local elections after consultations with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC). Wards are delimited in all metropolitan and local municipalities. This process is deemed necessary to lay a foundation for the delivery of free and fair local government elections.

During the 2016 local government elections, there were 4392 wards in the country. An additional 76 wards will bring the total number of wards to 4468 for the 2021 local government elections.

The consultative process, which will be held between February and April this year, aims improve public participation in democratic processes. The ward delimitation process is regarded as a crucial step towards deepening local democracy and promoting spatial transformation within communities. The MDB therefore calls on all members of the public to participate and express their views on how their wards should be configured.

The MDB will visit all local and metropolitan municipalities across the country for consultations. In February, the board will be visiting the Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal and Western Cape; In March they’ll visit Gauteng; and the consultations will conclude in April in the Northern Cape, Free State, North West and Limpopo. The wards will be published in provincial gazettes for objections by May 2020.The final wards would be announced in July 2020, with the final list of wards handed over to the IEC in August 2020.

More info: www.demarcation.org.za