Political party deployment

Even though local government elections are intended to focus on the needs of local communities, local elections in South Africa are often dominated by national politics and the vast majority of local candidates are nominated by, and ultimately accountable to, national political parties, rather than their local constituency.

Political parties fill most of the seats in every sphere of government, including local government. This is the case even though there are open nominations for independent ward councillors at the local level who can be non-party candidates.

Find out the following:

  • How do the political parties in your ward nominate their candidates?
  • Do the candidates actually live in your area?
  • Do they know the issues?
  • Are they prepared to listen to you? 
  • How can you make sure political parties choose candidates who won’t ignore your needs after the election is over?