Independent candidates hope for seats on Cape Town city council


Cape Town – After a short but intense campaigning period leading up to today’s local elections, Cape Town’s independent candidates sincerely hoped for a city council seat thanks to the success of their neighborhoods.

CIS provincial electoral officer Michael Hendrickse said more than 12,400 candidates were nominated in Western Cape municipalities, of which only 85 were independents vying for the election.

With a total of 231 seats on the Cape Town Council, 115 seats have been reserved for Proportional Representation (PR) and 116 seats have been reserved for Neighborhood Representation (WR), these independent candidates must win their neighborhoods’ they hope to obtain a parish seat on the council.

“The electoral system, in terms of our Constitution, allows for a mixed PR electoral system combined with WR – this is also known as the first-party system – which literally means that the one with the most votes is the one with the most votes. who gets that seat.

“While public relations ensures that every vote really counts, so even if you don’t come first, coming second can still give you a seat and therefore representation of the people who have supported that particular political party,” said Hendrickse.

Hendrickse said the constitutional requirement ensured that the electoral system should result, in general, in proportional representation – which was guaranteed by their formula for calculating city council seats.

Explaining the distribution of available seats in a metro council, Hendrickse said the total number of seats for a municipality’s council was split 50/50 between WR and PR. However, in cases where metropolitan municipalities had an odd number of seats on their council, the remaining seat would be allocated to WR.

“In metropolitan councils, each voter receives two ballots – a neighborhood ballot and a proportional ballot. On the constituency ballot, voters vote for a candidate and on PR for a party, ”said Hendrickse.

Independent city council candidate Ursula Schenker in Ward 63 said her ward has 18,898 registered voters, she hopes to receive 51% of their vote to qualify as a new ward councilor and secure her seat on city council.

“Having neglected nothing, I can only hope that I managed to resonate with the residents of the neighborhood and that in turn, they will reward me with their confidence in my ability to meet all the challenges of responsible governance, ”said Schenker.

Independent candidate for city councilor Riyad Isaac for Ward 43 said he had sacrificed a lot of time and energy to get his message across to residents and it all boiled down to today’s votes, of which he was reasonably. anxious and optimistic about the outcome.

Independent candidate for City Councilor Mohau Kgolokwane for Ward 4 said he expected good results among the 15,090 registered voters in his ward and expected to get the majority of his votes from the communities of Phoenix and Joe Slovo.

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