It’s finally time for the municipal elections of 2016 and nobody could be happier than I am. Not only does it mark the 8th month of 2016 (which can really end now), but I’m hoping for a bit of a break on social media and an end to various SMS campaigns.
Over the past few weeks, my Facebook newsfeed was flooded with statements made by everyone with the ability of having an opinion, not necessarily an opinion that could be backed by facts should one be asked to do so. I think it’s safe to say that I’m suffering from ‘’election fatigue’’.
However, the importance of taking part in elections, whether it’s national or municipal, cannot be stressed enough. The Freedom Charter states that the people shall govern. By voting, it gives citizens the chance to vote for the people who they believe will best look after their service delivery interests such as water and electricity; the maintenance of parks, roads and other public spaces; and the implementation of housing projects drawn up by national and provincial governments.
People participate in local government firstly by voting in municipal elections and secondly, by exercising their right to be involved in the running of the municipality, being aware of the municipality’s plans for development, knowing who their ward councillor is and how to contact them.
So even though tomorrow is an official public holiday, take the time to go to your voting station and make your mark.