Political parties will be fined R252 for every poster that is not removed by 22 May 2019 according to Mangaung Metro Municipality spokesperson Qondile Khedama. Competing parties are given two weeks after election day to remove their campaign posters.
“Mangaung Metro is alerting all political parties and the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to remove advertising posters that had been put up prior to the 2019 elections held last week,” said Khedama.
“In line with the city’s Outdoor Advertising Bylaw, Schedule 11, Section 12, all posters within the jurisdiction of Mangaung must be removed 14 days after the date of elections,” he continued.
The Municipal Council approved to waive the prescribed tariffs to display election posters during the run up to General Elections on Wednesday. However, this waiver ends after the prescribed period.
“The Mangaung Metro Council resolved on 4 December 2018 that all political parties as well as the IEC apply for permission on the prescribed form, in terms of the prescribed procedures, to display posters,” said Khedama.
It was was also resolved that parties as well as the IEC be required to pay the prescribed fees should they fail to remove their posters within the prescribed period. – Nomaqhawe Mtebele