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LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS 2016

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Elections in South Africa

Considering the importance of the next local elections as a barometer as to know if the political system will remain under the dominance of the ANC or if a multiparty trend will emerge, the South African office of the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation in Johannesburg compiled some information on selected events and reports on the fifth democratic General Election, which take place on 3 August.

Municipal elections are held every five years to elect councillors who will be responsible for governing a municipality for the next five years. Municipal councils ensure services that impact the daily lives of citizens in their areas, including water, electricity and sanitation. When South Africa goes to the polls for the next municipal elections on 3 August, 26.3-million voters will be eligible to cast their ballots.


KAS REPORTS ON THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS

- LÄNDERBERICHT Dr Holger Dix: Das Ende der Einparteien-Dominanz des ANC (German only!)

- LÄNDERBERICHT Tilmann Feltes: Südafrika vor Veränderungen im dominanten Parteiensystem. Verliert der ANC weitere Großstädte? (German only!)

- Candidates, Polls, Political Environment and Key Facts

- Decentralisation in South Africa: How does it work?

- Results and Outcome of the 2011 Local Elections





SELECTED EVENTS OF THE KONRAD ADENAUER STIFTUNG IN SOUTH AFRICA

13 July 2016:2016 Local Government Election Political Parties Dialogue

in cooperation with KAS partner the Democracy Development Programme

The discussion organised by DDP with the support of KAS created a conducive space for political parties to unpack their Local Government Election manifestos and to afford citizens an opportunity to engage them.


23 July 2016:Local Elections 2016 Youth Dialogue Series

in cooperation with KAS partner YouthLab

The dialogue aimed at providing a platform for the youth to engage with politicians and discuss the manifestoes of different political parties. The discussion helped the youth, most of whom are first time voters to make an informed decision.


25 July 2016:LAUNCH OF THE KZN CIVIL SOCIETY OBSERVER MISSION – 850 OBSERVERS, 30 MEDIATORS, 20 VIOLENCE MONITORS DEPLOYED THROUGHOUT THE PROVINCE

in cooperation with KAS partner Democracy Development Programme

This civil society Election Observation Workshop took place at the Diakonia Centre in Durban on July 25, 2016. The workshop was a partnership between DDP, KAS and KZNCSOC. The purpose of the workshop was to train organisation members to be accredited election observers, who will then equip members of their organisations with election observation skills and deploy accordingly comes election time on August 3, 2016. This will be the largest observer mission ever deployed by civil society.


MAIN PARTIES' MANIFESTOS

African National Congress (ANC)

Democratic Alliance (DA)

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF)

Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP)


UP-TO-DATE POLLS FOR THE THREE MOST CONTESTED METROS

All polls

Johannesburg

Nelson Mandela Bay (Port Elisabeth)

Pretoria (Tshwane)


Please find here the SOUTH AFRICA ELECTION UPDATE 2016 - Election Observation - Combatting Conflictan, jointly written by our partner, the DDP, and the Electoral Institute of South Africa (EISA): https://www.eisa.org.za/eu/eu2016monitor.htm


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON THE RESULTS OF THE 2011 LOCAL ELECTIONS:The results are available here


FURTHER LINKS AND INFORMATION

The System of Municipalities in South Africa(IEC)

FAQ about the elections (IEC)

Understanding Local Government in South Africa

South Africa Election Updates

Useful link to search data about the South African political and social context

IPSOS Polls - South African branch

Media coverage focusing on the elections

To know who is your councilor:

Mobile app for the elections powered by the IEC


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Radiointerview: HR-Info, 03.08.2016, Tilmann Feltes; Copyright by hr-iNFO: www.hr-online.de/website/radio/hr-info

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Holger Dix

Head of the KAS office in Tunisia / Algeria

Holger Dix
Phone (00216) 70 018 080
Fax (00216) 70 018 099
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