2016 is shaping up as one of the most important years ever for Kouga.
The 2016 local government elections will take place any time from May and the winning political party will govern Kouga for the following five years.
The Municipal Demarcation Board (MDB) has made some far reaching changes to the current wards in Kouga, with Ward 14, in particular, being affected.
There will still be 15 wards in Kouga, and 14 Proportional Representative seats, making up a Council of 29.
The number of registered voters in the new wards does not vary by more than fifteen percent from the norm. The norm was determined by dividing the total number of voters as at 5 March 2014, by the number of wards in the Municipality, explains the MDB.
This leaves an average of 3 685 voters per ward. (55 278 voters divided by the 15 wards).
The main changes to the wards are:
- Sea Vista in St Francis Bay will move to Oyster Bay.
- Tokyo Sexwale will move to Pellsrus
- Paradise Beach will move to St Francis Bay
- Ocean View will move to Aston Bay
- Ward 15 will now be a Humansdorp ward.
Many residents will need to re-register in the upcoming months, with two registration weekends coming up in early 2016.
There does not appear to be new voting stations. Instead, the IEC will make use of split voting stations.
This means that in the case of Paradise Beach residents, they will still vote at the Aston Bay Hall, but will vote separately from the Aston Bay (Ward 14) residents.
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