It’s that time of the year where it is gloves off in the political world, where political parties will do anything in their power to secure enough votes to maintain their stronghold in the City of Cape Town (COCT).
However, the COCT has issued a warning to all registered political parties contesting the upcoming local government elections of the rules applicable to the erection and display of party political posters. A statement by the COCT indicates that the rules stipulate how and where political parties are allowed to display posters in areas that fall within the COCT’s municipal boundaries during the current official election period.
“Political parties are allowed only one election poster per party per streetlight pole and only one additional event poster per party per streetlight pole. Posters may only be displayed on streetlight poles. Posters may not be displayed on traffic signal poles, electrical or service boxes, and street furniture, walls, fences, trees, rocks or natural features, or any other poles other than light poles posters may not be pasted but must be mounted on board and tied securely with stout string or plastic fastening unless a permanent frame is used for this purpose. The display of posters is prohibited on any bridge the display of posters is not permitted on the freeway sections of the N1, N2, N7 and R300 and may not exceed 0,9m x 0,6m in size,” the statement said.
The statement said further that posters that contravene the rules must be removed by the political party within 48 hours of being notified to do so, and those posters that are contravening the rules and are not removed within the stipulated deadline will be removed by the City at the party’s cost. The cost to remove posters that are contravening the rules is R128 per poster removed and R186 for any pasted poster removed.
Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance’s(DA) ward councillor for Bonteheuwel, Angus McKenzie has received mixed reactions from social media for his campaign video where he encourages residents to vote for him.