North West voters hoping for a change
Potential voters, who registered in the last two days of voter registration in the North West, are hoping their vote in the upcoming Local Government Elections will help them enhance their socio-economic conditions.Many voters who also went to various voting stations to verify their particulars say this year’s election will be a game-changer for their lives.
The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) is, meanwhile, continuing with preparations for the August poll.
The Constitutional Court is yet to make a ruling on the insertion and verification of addresses on the voter’s roll.
“I think that if you don’t register and vote you can’t say anything about the country’s leaders at this moment, so I think if you don’t vote you can’t have an opinion,” says one potential voter.
Residents at Marikana and Wonderkop want to use their vote to improve the squalid conditions under which they say, they are living.”For Wonderkop, please they must fix the tar and water and electricity,” says one resident.
“We are here to vote for a better life, our community is in a mess and we hope our votes will change all these, we also encourage the youth to also come and vote for a better future,” says another resident.
Senior leaders of various political parties, put their differences aside and were out in full force, encouraging potential voters to register.
The problem is people like to complain about local government, they like to criticise local government and surely they are right, as citizens, as individuals, as voters, but there is no way you can do that if you do not vote
They also monitored the process by visiting voting stations.”The problem is people like to complain about local government, they like to criticise local government and surely they are right, as citizens, as individuals, as voters, but there is no way you can do that if you do not vote. You can’t vote if you did not register, most people don’t register and in the end, the whole atmosphere of voting is on, then suddenly they want to vote and suddenly their find that they are not registered,” says Freedom Front Plus leader Pieter Mulder.
In the Tlokwe local municipality, both the IEC and local political parties are anxious for the Constitutional Court ruling on voter addresses.”The IEC has one of its biggest challenges, we must have free and fair elections and also regular elections. So the challenge with regards to the outcome of the Constitutional Court that has some effect on the voters roll, it is really a landmark decision. We are saying we cannot allow a situation whereby a voters roll or the voters’ system are being violated,” says Democratic Alliance’s Joe Mcgluwa.
Lawyer Jurie Moolman says, “What we don’t like is that there is a threat that people will be removed from the voters roll, our view is that it is something the court never imposed on anybody on none of the orders are stating that. I think we all know why addresses or the verification of where the person resides in a ward and that’s perhaps the emphasize we need to put on this.”In Marikana, things were calm at the weekend, following violent clashes between the African National Congress (ANC) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) during their campaign trail.
One person was shot, another stabbed and a vehicle torched.Meanwhile, the Constitutional Court is expected to pronounce on the verification and inclusion of voters addresses on the voter’s roll, next month.