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Remove election posters or face a fine, says City

Political parties must remove posters within 30 days after the date of the elections. This is according to the Council decision made last year regarding political posters.

POLITICAL parties could face paying a fine per poster if their election posters are not removed from municipal infrastructure by June 30, the eThekwini Municipality said in a media statement today (Wednesday).

This is after the Council decision taken in December last year which advised political parties to remove election posters or be fined R1 193 per poster by the municipality.

Sagren Naicker, acting manager of General Advertising in the Development Planning Unit, said political parties or candidates were allowed to have 800 posters per ward.

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“Should political parties fail to remove posters during the stipulated period, the municipality will remove them and fine the political party based on the number of posters removed,” said Naicker.

He said this also applies to political parties that were given permission to advertise on the highways and the beachfront for the purpose of elections only.

“We are strict in implementing advertising by-laws within the municipal area. No one is allowed to erect any advertisement without prior permission from our unit,” he said.

eThekwini City manager Musa Mbhele said now that the election period is over, election posters must be removed.

“We are governed by a Council resolution regarding the removal of election posters. This will also assist in keeping the city clean as some posters have been blown off street poles while others are hanging precariously,” he said.

Mbhele urged political parties to comply with the City’s by-laws which are promulgated by the municipality.

“The resolution is clear – posters should be removed 30 days after the elections,” said Mbhele.

 

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