The MDB will be
entering the fourth week of the public consultation sessions on the draft sets
of wards #WardDelimitation2020. As
such, it is imperative to reiterate that, the MDB will not conduct any
municipal boundary re-determinations until after the 2021 Local Government Elections
(LGE). Communities can however submit their proposals now but the process will
re-open after the 2021 LGE.
above, the MDB is currently embarking on a nation-wide public consultation on
draft electoral wards in preparation for the 2021 local government elections.
The consultations started in February 2020 and will conclude in April 2020.
It is important
for communities to note that, the maps which are available are DRAFTS for consultation purposes
only, they have no legal status. The consultations are meant to solicit inputs
from communities on how the wards should be configured based on the norm of respective
municipalities. Draft maps are obtainable on MDB website.
should also note that, the MDB has no
influence in the determination of the formulae for the determination of
the number of councillors nor the determination of the number of councillors, and therefore appeals to all stakeholders
not to ask the MDB to change the
formula, increase or decrease the number of Councillors nor the number of wards.
We therefore call on members of the public to actively
participate and express their views on how their wards should be configured.
There are two
options available for communities to express their views, one is being part of
the physical meetings. The second option is to fill in the ward submission form
which can be obtained on the MDB website www.demarcation.org.za
municipalities are encouraged to consult among themselves and reach a
consensus. Their proposal should be aligned to the criteria for ward delimitation and can be submitted by not
later than 30 April 2020 to firstname.lastname@example.org
With regards to
the timeframes of the ward delimitation process, after the public meetings in
February to April 2020, the MDB will consider all public proposals received and
delimit wards. The wards will be published in provincial gazettes for objections
by May 2020. Any aggrieved person will have 14 days to object.
The MDB will
then consider all objections, and publish its final decisions in provincial
gazettes by July 2020. As indicated previously, the MDB will then handover the
final ward boundaries to the IEC in August 2020 to start preparing for the 2021