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More than 20,000 citizens have updated their voter registration data in the municipality of Menongue, southeastern Cuando Cubango province, as part of the ongoing nationwide registration that opened on October 25 this year.

The information was released Wednesday in Menongue by the municipal director of registration, Carlito André.

There are nine voter registration brigades deployed in Menongue, involving 75 registration officials.

Speaking to journalists, Carlito Andre said the officials are currently spreading to the localities of Jamba, Cueio and Missombo.

ANC's Era of Dominance is Lost – Lewis

The Corruption Watch says efforts to help the African National Congress (ANC) regain its former glory will not succeed.
Speaking at a conference organised by the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Leadership‚ Corruption Watch executive director, David Lewis, said history shows that the former liberation movement enjoyed 65 percent majority support only in the first elections‚ which ushered in the democratic era.

Mugabe Urged to Stop Starving People

Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission chairperson, Elasto Mugwadi, hit the nail on the head when he reported that ZANU-PF is using relief aid, especially food, as a campaign tool by denying it to opposition party members ahead of the crucial 2018 elections.
According to a NewsDay reader, Pardon Maguta, as usual, President Robert Mugabe sprung into action during the ZANU-PF central committee meeting this month in defence of the perpetrators.

Only Africans Can Deliver Inclusive Justice

According to an article titled ‘Only Africans can deliver inclusive justice’ by Vusi Gumede, the recent local government election surprised many who were not paying attention, but the results were largely predictable.

Gumede explains that given the nature of a neocolonial state everywhere, liberation movements gradually lose power if inclusive justice remains elusive.  

He states that people seem to give liberation movements about 20 years and then, understandably, throw in the towel.

SAHRC Holds a Dialogue on Racism

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is to host ‘a racism dialogue’ at the University of the Free State‚ which has been the subject to two apparent race incidents.

The dialogue intends to “contribute to developing a more comprehensive understanding of the manner in which racism manifests in the Free State province and provide guidelines on how to respond to it in the advancement of substantive equality.”

SALGA to Train Newly-Elected Councillors

With the municipal elections completed, the focus is now on the training and induction of newly-elected councillors by the South African Local Government Association (SALGA).
SALGA will give new councillors a general understanding of their leadership roles, knowledge about local government legislation, municipal processes and service delivery.
SALGA chief executive officer, Xolile George, says the programme that will be rolled out in September is a much more advanced programme compared to 2011, it’s got its own unique features.

​Change of LGE System Could Lead to Logistical Nightmare

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) says there will be a logistical nightmare if the Local Government Election system is changed to allow voters to cast their ballots anywhere in the country, if they are outside their voting districts on Election Day.

IEC deputy chairperson, Terry Tselane, says, “On the day of Local Government Elections, we have got 4 649 different ballot papers, so if you are registered in Johannesburg in a particular ward, your ward is going to be different from a person who is in Kimberley.”

Court Pushes for Solution Ahead of Polls

Chief Justice, Mogoeng Mogoeng, has considered solutions to ensure that local government elections set for 3 August 2016 go ahead despite the failure by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to have a voters’ roll with addresses of voters as required by law.
The Constitutional Court heard an application by the Electoral Commission of South Africa for leave to appeal against a judgment of the Electoral Court in February 2016.
The Electoral Court postponed by-elections that were to be held in Tlokwe‚ North West that month.

​ConCourt Case to Impact on Municipal Elections

The Constitutional Court will hear an urgent application for leave to appeal concerning the obligation of the Electoral Commission of South Afirca to furnish the addresses of registered voters to those contesting elections.
The hearing comes after the Constitutional Court ruled in December last year that the by-elections held in Tlokwe held in were null and void.
The candidates had complained that the voter registration and the subsequent voters’ roll compiled by commission were incorrect and inaccurate.

Face-to-Face Outreach Key to Wooing Young Voters

In the last municipal election in 2011, only 28 percent of young people aged 20-29 voted.

Before the first registration weekend for the poll this August, the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) says more than 80 percent of the 9.1-million eligible voters who are not registered were under 35 years old.

If young people don’t vote, their concerns will not carry enough weight in the halls of power, and policy will ignore the needs of young people.


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