Political parties warned to remove election posters

When Maritzburg Sun visited different parts of the municipality – from townships to suburbs and some parts of the CBD, these posters were still visible.
Msunduzi Municipality spokesperson Thobeka Mafumbatha said they had been aware that some parties had not removed their posters.
She said the parties had, by failing to remove the posters, had broken the city’s Advertising Bylaw: Section 10 which stated that election advertising may be displayed from the beginning of the day of declaration of an election to the end of the 14 days after the election.
“All parties that have made proper application prior to the elections and have not removed them will be charged R50 per poster, where applications had not been received the fine is R500 per poster,” Mafumbatha explained.
According to the municipality, parties were warned in advance to remove the posters timeously.
“All political parties were timeously reminded at the Political Liaison Committee (PLC) meetings and are fully aware of the Signage by-laws relating to political advertising, as well as the penalties of non-compliance,” Mafumbatha stressed.
This is not the first time that the municipality contends with elections posters that have exceeded the deadline. During the national and provincial in 2014, the Msunduzi Exco decided at its meeting to fine political parties after posters were still found three months after the May elections.

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