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UNDER the City by-law, political parties must remove their electioneering posters by mid-June, or be fined by the City for each poster left up.

 

 *ANC claims victory in JoburgRead MoreUnder the City by-law, political parties must remove their electioneering posters by mid-June, or be fined by the City for each poster left up.
POLITICAL parties have 30 days after the local government elections to remove their election posters along Joburg streets, or face a fine from the City.

 

Election posters on a street poleElection posters on a street pole“Any party posters remaining after 18 June will be removed by the City at a cost of R7,38 per poster and the relevant party [will be] invoiced accordingly,” said the Joburg spokesperson, Virgil James.
 

There have been no problems with the removal of these posters after past elections. “Generally, parties have co-operated well in the removal of their posters in past elections as they understand the importance of availing advertising space and keeping the city clean.”

Section 28 of the outdoor advertising by-law ruled the display of party posters. According to this law, posters can only be displayed on street lamp poles; they must be attached to waterproof material that will not be dislodged by adverse weather conditions; and they must not impair the vision of motorists or pedestrians.

All councillors were issued a memorandum on 4 April, outlining the relevant details of the by-law.

“There were no limitations to the number of posters each party could display, as well as no cost, because local government elections are a national event conducted in the interest of communities,” James said.

However, compliance with the by-laws means that the parties need to remove their posters within the allocated period to avoid penalties.

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