BY REGINALD KANYANE
MEC for local government and human settlements, Galaletsang Gaolaolwe is content that the Independent Electoral Commission in the province will stage successful elections on Wednesday.
Gaolaolwe said that the first day of special votes started well. She added that most of the voting stations opened as scheduled, except ward 8 in Ratlou local municipality where community embarked on protests.
“We appeal to our communities to allow electoral officials to do their work. We also urge them not to engage in any activities that may disrupt the smooth running of elections.
“We encourage all eligible voters including new voters to take this opportunity to go and vote. It is an opportunity for them to have a direct say on who runs their ward and the municipality,” she said.
Gaolaolwe also said many people fought for democracy and lost their lives for us in order to have a better life.
“It is important that we do not take the voting right for granted. We also appeal to all stakeholders and communities in general to work together towards achieving free and fair elections.
“The overall success of the elections requires all stakeholders to play an active role. Ensuring free and fair elections must be the primary responsibility of the IEC, but all relevant stakeholders have a major role to play,” she added.
Gaolaolwe further said Provincial Disaster Management Centre officials are on stand-by to tackle any incident that might occur.
“We are ready to implement the local government continuity plan which will ensure the continuity of operations after any kind of occurrence. We have activated the Disaster Management Centre since July. The department is also working with all security structures and the IEC.
“We want to ensure that we deal with any incident head-on. I can declare that as the province, we are 100% ready for the local government elections,” she said.