The Proportional Representation “PR” system works to make your vote count:

Knysna has 21 elected Councillors, 11 Ward Councillors and 10 proportional representative (“PR”) Councillors nominated by their parties. In order to govern a party has to have 11 Councillors.

On November 1st you will receive three ballots:

• a Ward Councillor ballot

• a Party ballot to elect PR Councillors

• a Garden Route District Municipality ballot

The first ballot decides which candidate wins in each Ward. The second ballot supports the PR seats for the party. The first two ballots then go towards deciding the total number of seats any party will be allocated in the Knysna Council. A smaller party such as KIM may not win a Ward outright, but when the votes from every Ward are added up they may still get several PR councillors, irrespective of whether any wards are won.

No vote for KIM will be wasted. Each and every vote counts towards the allocation of PR seats in the Knysna Municipality.

The third ballot decides which parties represent us in the District Municipality. There are no wards and the seats on the district Council are allocated, based on the percentage of overall votes a party gets.

Major parties have failed us. Both of the major parties have had opportunities to govern over the last ten years. The DA actually won with a majority in 2011, but failed to deliver on their election promises. Therefore in 2016 the DA lost its majority and had to form a coalition with other parties until it handed the town to the ANC at the end of 2019

With enough votes KIM can hold the balance of powerSo how can Knysna be saved? After studying the results of recent by-elections it is clear that no party can win a governing majority of 11 Councillors. Either the DA or the ANC will need to form a coalition with other parties.

The same analysis projects that KIM will probably get two or three Council seats. KIM’s careful candidate selection process means that these Councillors will be a force to be reckoned with and not be pushed around by the bigger parties. They will be able to apply their minds and vote with their consciences on all issues, fulfilling a role as “gatekeepers” to ensure that corruption is rooted out and that every cent is directed towards service delivery.

If enough voters cast all three of their ballots for KIM we can start fixing Knysna, and have some influence at District Council level, where there is also corruption and Knysna has not benefitted as much as we can from District Municipal service delivery.

#Knysna #Sedgefield #voteyourvaluesnotyourfear

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