The KwaZulu-Natal Legislture has kick off an important voter education campaign to drive democracy ahead of the country’s local government elections later this year.
“Following the announcement by the Presidency of the date of the local government elections to be held on 27 October 2021, the KZN Legislature will be conducting a series of voter education campaigns to encourage the citizens to take part in the upcoming local government elections,” the KZN Legislature announced in a statement on Thursday.
The voter education campaign kicks off this Saturday, 15 May 2021 and will run until September.
The Legislature will conduct the first phase of the campaign for residents in the following areas:
Umkhanyakude District: 15 May 2021 from 9h00
Umhlabuyalingana Local Municipality,
* Ward 1 (Manguzi Town)
* Ward 4
Route: Thengani Evangelic Church, Mnyayiza, Mashalaza, Manguzi Shopping Centre
Umtubatuba Local Municipality,
* Mtubatuba Town
* Ward 3
Route: Bhoboza, Msane, Mbatsheni, Delunina Low Cost Housing Settlements
Zululand District: 15 May 2021 from 9h00
Pongola Local Municipality
*Ward 5 (Belgrade)
Route: Ncotshane Township (Ward 10 and 2), Town
Abaqulusi Local Municipality
*Ward 18 – Vryheid
Route: Mondlo Township, Garage next to the Rank
“The Legislature views the citizens’ participation in our democratic processes as essential to sustaining and enhancing constitutional democracy in our country. Elections are part of public involvement in our democracy and they allow the citizens to choose the government they want where they live,” the KZN Legislature said.
KZN Legislature deputy speaker Themba Mthembu said the aim of the voter education campaign was to encourage people to participate in democratic elections.
“Our institution, through this campaign, aims to ensure that we approach the upcoming local government elections with well-informed citizens who are able to participate effectively, and that we strengthen our commitment with the voters to fundamental values and principles of constitutional democracy.