Political parties may face hefty fines for posters not removed

Political party representatives waiting their turn to sigh the IEC’s Code of Conduct for the 2016 municipal elections. PHOTO: CATHY DLODLO

Political parties who contested in the 2016 Municipal Elections in Mangaung may face hefty fines if they do not reach the deadline for removing their election posters.

This follows after the Mangaung Metro issued notices to all parties last week warning them to remove their posters by end of business, today.

Municipal spokesperson, Qondile Khedama, said election posters in Bloemfontein, Botshabelo and Thaba Nchu should be removed by today or parties can face hefty fines.

He said in terms of the municipality’s by-laws on Outdoor Advertising, parties can be penalised with up to R53 per poster.

Meanwhile, Khedama says it is all systems go for the first official sitting of the new Mangaung Municipal Council.

The council is scheduled to sit on Thursday during which the Executive Mayor and the Speaker will be elected.

Free State Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC, Olly Mlamleli, is expected to be elected as the new Executive Mayor.

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