Municipal elections: fact file

first_imgThe Love Your South Africa campaignaims to foster a sense of belonging amongcitizens, thereby encouraging them to make their mark on Election Day.(Image: Government Online) MEDIA CONTACTS • Kate BapelaIndependent Electoral Commission+27 12 622 5579 or +27 82 600 6386 RELATED ARTICLES• SA kicks off 2011 election drive• South Africans will vote for change • SA’s multiparty democracy thriving• SA youngsters queue for change• Millions vote in record SA electionSource: Independent Electoral CommissionSouth Africans are again using their right to vote in the upcoming 2011 local government elections, which take place on 18 May. This is the third such event since the arrival of democracy in 1994.All elections in South Africa are overseen by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), a permanent body created by the Constitution to manage free and fair elections at all levels of government. Although publicly funded and accountable to parliament, the IEC is independent of the government.On 1 September 2010 the IEC received lists of South Africa’s new wards from the Municipal Demarcation Board, an independent body responsible for marking municipal boundaries and establishing new wards and voting districts.The 2011 municipal elections are taking place in eight metropolitan councils, 226 local councils, 44 district councils and 4 277 wards. Accordingly, the IEC has established 20 868 voting districts. Of these, 633 are categorised as voting centres and will cater for large numbers of voters.As with national and provincial elections, municipal elections take place every five years. The five-year term of the present municipal administrations started on 2 March 2006 and has now ended.Municipal by-elections take place within 90 days after a municipal ward council seat becomes vacant because of the death, expulsion or resignation of a ward councillor.The first democratic municipal elections took place in 1995/6, and the first municipal elections run by the IEC took place in 2000.Hybrid system for municipal electionsA mixed or hybrid system, making use of both the ward system and the proportional representation system, is used for municipal elections.There are three types of municipal councils in South Africa:Category A: metropolitan councils;Category B: local councils; andCategory C: district councils (have executive and legislative powers in areas that include local municipalities).For metropolitan municipalities, there are two types of elections in each ward:Metropolitan council ward, andMetropolitan proportional representation.In all local municipalities other than metropolitan municipalities, there are three types of elections in each ward:Local council ward;Local council proportional representation; andDistrict council proportional representation.Information for registered votersRegistered voters can text their ID number to 32810, contact the IEC call centre on 0800 11 8000 toll-free from 8h00 to 17h00, or visit www.elections.org.za to check on their registration details.Go the IEC’s Am I registered? page to find out at which voting station you’re registered to vote.Find the way to your voting station with the interactive voting station map.Frequently asked questions:For answers to more frequently asked questions, visit the IEC’s FAQ page.What is the difference between national/provincial elections and municipal elections?In national and provincial elections, you vote for a political party (proportional representative electoral system) to get seats in the national or provincial legislatures.In municipal elections, you vote for a political party and a ward councillor (a mixed system of proportional representation and a ward constituency) to get seats at the municipal level.How do I register?To vote in elections, you must register as a voter. You only have to register once, unless you move or your voting district changes. South Africans over the age of 16, in possession of a green bar-coded ID book or temporary ID document, may register.Registration for the 2011 elections is now closed. When do I have to re-register?You only have to re-register when:Your home address changes orThe IEC informs you that your voting district has changedSee Moved since you registered? to find out how to check if your voting district has changed.How do I know if or where I’m registered?You can check your registration status by:sending an SMS with your ID number to 32810 orusing the IEC’s Am I Registered? web page.If you’re registered, you will be informed of your voting station details.Where can I vote?You need to vote at the voting station at which you’re registered.Can I vote online or by post?No, you must vote in person at your voting station.How do I know if my voting station has changed?The IEC does try to communicate any changes, but visit Am I registered? and enter your ID number to confirm that your voting station hasn’t changed.I registered at a temporary registration station. Where do I vote?Voting stations may change from time to time, depending on availability of each voting venue. To find out where your voting station is, see Am I registered? and enter your ID number. You can then use the IEC’s online voting station finder to find a map to your voting station.I am living overseas and voted in the 2009 elections. Can I vote in the municipal elections?The Muncipal Electoral Act does not make provision for overseas voting during municipal elections, because citizens can only vote in the wards where they live.I’m a registered voter, but I no longer live in South Africa. Can I still vote in municipal elections?No, during municipal elections you can only vote in the voting district in which you are registered. However, you can vote during national elections (see special votes).How many ballot papers will I get?If you live in a metropolitan area (e.g. Johannesburg), you’ll receive two ballots: one for a ward councillor and one for a party.If you live in a local council with wards (e.g. Standerton municipality), you’ll receive three ballots: one for a ward councillor for the local council; one for a party for the local council; and one for a party for the district council.For answers to more frequently asked questions, visit the IEC’s FAQ page.last_img read more

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Prettyland C498 – 32cm braun layered straight face-forming natural looked short daily Wig : best wig i have bought

first_imgSummaryReviewer Nathalie DuboisReview Date2018-06-22 12:17:35Reviewed Item Prettyland C498 – 32cm braun layered straight face-forming natural looked short daily WigRating 5.0 / 5  stars, based on  7  reviewsPrice£22.40 Fast postage and great product a++++. Really nice quality wig, very thick, exactly as in the photo. 🙂 i’m using it for trucy wright from ace attorney and it’s absolutely perfect for her. A decent product for the money. I do a lot of cosplay and my hair is “naturally” bright red. So finding a normal hair colour wig has been a search for me. I wear this wig to work reaguarly and it wasn’t seen any major signs of wear. For the price i find this amazing, its comfy and looks so natural. Best wig i have ever boughtReally nice quality wigbest wig i have boughtPrettyland C498 – 32cm braun layered straight face-forming natural looked short daily WigPrettyland C498 – braun layered straight face-forming natural looked short hair daily WigBeautiful short hair wig, in a natural brown for a great face shape and a great look.The hair is slightly layered and straight with inner swing. This makes the hair very beautiful.The wig has a natural look and cut, almost like natural hair and is perfect for everyday use.one adjustable Size, fits for a head circumference up to 60cm; with FREE Wig Cap Best wig i have ever bought. I am sick with cancer and i cant be happier. Looks so natural and nobody can tell i am sick. Hair is soft and doesnt tangle. This would be really nice for costumes or cosplay, but i wanted it for everyday use and it simply doesn’t look realistic for that. However, if you’re looking for a costume wig, this would be great. Forewarning, it is much thicker than it looks in the pictures. last_img read more

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Revised phosphorus index can help curb agricultural runoff

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio farmers will soon have access to a newly revised tool that can quickly and easily tell them their risk of agricultural phosphorus runoff that could potentially move into Ohio waterways such as Lake Erie.The revised Ohio Phosphorus Risk Index is a program developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service to help farmers assess their risk of phosphorus moving off farm fields. It will soon allow farmers to input their farm-specific data to generate their risk of phosphorus in agricultural runoff through an online program.The revised index is the result of the multiyear On-Field Ohio project led by Elizabeth (Libby) Dayton, a researcher in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at The Ohio State University. The index has significant water quality implications statewide, considering that misapplied phosphorus has a high likelihood of degradation Ohio’s surface water and is a major contributor to harmful algal blooms.The revised phosphorus risk index can help Ohio farmers better work toward meeting the 40% phosphorus reduction target in the Western Lake Erie Basin, said Dayton, a soil scientist in the college’s School of Environment and Natural Resources. That is the target agreed to in the 2012 Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement between the United States and Canada.Scientists believe that a reduction of this size would keep algal blooms at safe levels for people and the lake.“The index provides a long-term, average estimate of field-scale phosphorus loss based on farmer specific inputs,” Dayton said. “It gives farmers the ability to compare crop management scenarios and evaluate changes in phosphorus runoff, allowing them to prioritize time and resources when making management decisions.“The index quantifies how voluntary changes in agricultural practices contribute to achieving target phosphorus runoff reduction goals. If you multiply that by the millions of crop acres in Ohio, the 40% reduction target appears achievable,” she said.The need to reduce phosphorus is significant because harmful algal blooms are dangerous to both the Lake Erie ecosystem and human health. In 2014, for instance, toxins produced by a severe bloom in western Lake Erie shut down Toledo’s drinking water supply for two days.The On-Field Ohio project included runoff monitoring on 29 farm fields in the Scioto River, Grand Lake St. Marys and Western Lake Erie Basin watersheds. The project collected data on more than 2,000 runoff events and more than 14,000 runoff water samples, resulting in more than 42,000 analyses. It also collected 2,000 soil samples, resulting in more than 8,000 analyses.Some of the management practices that were evaluated included tillage, soil type, fertilizer placement, soil phosphorus content, field topography, soil infiltration rate and cover crops.In addition to revising the Phosphorus Risk Index, Dayton’s project found that maintaining agricultural soil phosphorus levels in accordance with the Tri-State Fertility Guidelines helps lower the concentration of phosphorus that is dissolved in agricultural runoff.And because erosion contributes to the issue, phosphorus associated with eroded soil can be curtailed by reducing soil disturbances with practices such as reduced tillage and by maintaining crop residue or a growing crop on the field at all times.“By inputting different crop management scenarios into the index, farmers can determine what will work best to reduce their soil disturbance,” Dayton said. “Reductions in soil disturbance translate into large reductions in soil erosion and surface runoff of phosphorus that is attached to eroded soil, which is the biggest risk driver for surface phosphorus runoff in Ohio.”The On-Field Ohio project was funded through a $1 million USDA Conservation Innovation Grant and $1 million in matching donations from Ohio farmer groups.last_img read more

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Gymnastics doctor facing at least 25 years in prison

first_imgRead Next View comments “He convinced these girls that this was some type of legitimate treatment,” Assistant Attorney General Angela Poviliatis told a judge last summer. “Why would they question him? Why would they question this gymnastics god?”Separately, Nassar is charged with similar crimes in Eaton County, the location of an elite gymnastics club. He also is awaiting sentencing in federal court on child pornography charges. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Smalling defends himself after England omission LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion FILE – Former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar (L) with defense attorney Matt Newberg (R) in the 55th District Court where Judge Donald Allen Jr. bound him over on June 23, 2017 in Mason, Michigan to stand trial on 12 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. / AFP PHOTO / JEFF KOWALSKYDETROIT — A sports doctor accused of molesting several girls while working for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University will plead guilty to multiple charges of sexual assault and face at least 25 years in prison, a person with knowledge of the agreement said Tuesday.The person was not authorized to publicly discuss the agreement ahead of a Wednesday court hearing for Dr. Larry Nassar in Michigan’s Ingham County and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Nassar, 54, is charged with molesting seven girls, all but one of whom were gymnasts, mostly under the guise of treatment at his Lansing-area home and a campus clinic. He’s facing similar charges in a neighboring county and lawsuits filed by more than 125 women and girls.Olympic gymnasts Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney and Gabby Douglas are among the women who have publicly said they were among Nassar’s victims.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe plea deal in Ingham County calls for a minimum prison sentence of 25 years, but a judge could set the minimum sentence as high as 40 years. In Michigan, inmates are eligible for parole after serving a minimum sentence.The girls have testified that Nassar molested them with his hands, sometimes when a parent was present in the room, while they sought help for gymnastics injuries.last_img read more

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Cignal claims PVL men’s crown

first_imgWATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage “It’s my first time to coach a men’s club team, and luckily, we were able to get the championship,” saidAlmadro. “They were already a talented team. They just have to believe in themselves, and they just have to combine their talents and efforts. That’s what I gave them.”Cignal gained a measure of revenge after losing in two Finals series against the Jet Spikers in the then-Spikers’ Turf tournaments.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRex Intal was stellar in the championship-clinching match, firing 17 points, anchored on 11 spikers, four blocks, and two service aces.Mark Alfafara also unleashed 17 markers, while Peter Torres added 13 points, and Ysay Marasigan had 12. Dennis Rodman returns to North Korea hoping to ‘open the door’ The HD Spikers swept the best-of three championship series after nabbing Game 1, 18-25, 25-22, 25-16, 25-19 last Saturday.Alfafara was named as this conference’s First Best Outside Spiker, and Fauzi Ismail of Air Force hailed as the Second Best Outside Spiker.Edward Camposano of Sta. Elena emerged as the Best Opposite Spiker, Jayvee Sumagaysay of Army was the First Best Middle Blocker, and Greg Dolor of IEM got the Second Best Middle Blocker.Cignal’s Vince Mangulabnan was honored as the Best Setter, and IEM’s Rence Melgar was feted as the Best Libero.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire LATEST STORIES What ‘missteps’? View comments Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gamescenter_img Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide But the biggest contributions came from Lorenzo Capate, who contributed six points and 10 excellent sets to be adjudged as the Finals MVP.Impressive in winning the second and third sets, the HD Spikers fell to the same trap of complacency as a motivated Air Force side forced a deciding fifth set, 25-16.Cignal, though, was quick to atone for its miscues, jumping to a 6-2 lead in Set 5 before Marasigan wrapped the hardware with a combination play to win the title, 15-10.“I just told them to combine their talent with effort, and believe that they will win. That’s exactly what happened today,” said Almadro.Bryan Bagunas captained the Jet Spikers with 23 points, built on 21 hits and two aces, while Conference MVP Ranran Abdilla chimed in 17 in the defeat.ADVERTISEMENT Cignal HD Spikers. Photo from Spikers’ Turf Facebook account.Cignal finally exorcised its demons and pulled off a tough five-set victory over Philippine Air Force, 17-25, 27-25, 27-25, 16-25, 15-10, to snare the 2017 Premier Volleyball League men’s division Tuesday at Philsports Arena in Pasig.Coach Oliver Almadro steered his squad to the championship in his first conference at the helm, as he instituted the changes the HD Spikers needed to finally get over the hump.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’last_img read more

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a month agoCelta Vigo midfielder Denis Suarez: Man City contract set up my family

first_imgCelta Vigo midfielder Denis Suarez: Man City contract set up my familyby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveCelta Vigo midfielder Denis Suarez insists he enjoyed his time at Manchester City.Denis has been discussing his time in England.“At first it was fine. I got there and I went on pre-season with the first team to the United States, I debuted with the first team in the first round of cup when I was 17 years old and sportingly, I was doing well,” Suárez said.“Life was a little different, it cost my parents more because they didn’t speak English and they had trouble learning it.“The second year was a little long, also because I had been injured, and finally I decided to go to Barcelona.”The now 25-year-old also explained why he joined City in the first place.“My first decision was to stay here in the first team, but Celta did not contemplate that option.“Then I went to Manchester City because it was an important step for me, it was an important investment for the club, who at that time needed money. The contract [offered to me] at that time had my family’s life was fixed.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Photo/Videos: Struggling Oklahoma State Blows Out No. 3 Kansas, Fans Rush Court

first_imgOklahoma State fans rush the court after win.Twitter/@ESPNCBBAt this point, it feels like we have a huge upset and a court rush every night in college basketball. No. 3 Kansas was the victim tonight, falling to an Oklahoma State team that was just 9-8, and 1-4 in the Big 12 in Stillwater, 86-67. After the game, fans of the Pokes rushed the court in a big way.Down goes Kansas! What a week. pic.twitter.com/46vr4hqHo0— ESPN College BBall (@ESPNCBB) January 20, 2016They stormed the court anyway. Regardless, great win for the Pokes. They came to play. 86-67 victory. #OkState pic.twitter.com/KIyNCQsuK8— Sam Gannon (@SamGannon87) January 20, 2016Storm that court, Pokes! #okstate pic.twitter.com/hFFVoutUEc— Jessica Morrey (@JessicaMorrey) January 20, 2016Last night, Iowa State fans stormed the floor. Tonight, it was Oklahoma State. On the road in the Big 12, nobody’s safe.last_img read more

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Join Sarah McLachlan At Her House In Vancouver

first_imgSarah McLachlan wants to invite you to her house in Vancouver, and all you have to do is donate to charity.Spend the Day with Sarah McLachlan at Her Home Studioomaze.com is giving you the chance to get to know the Grammy Award-winning artist over lunch, where you’ll talk about anything and everything: life, love, music, animals. What happens next is up to you! You could write and record a song together, or just watch Sarah do her thing in the studio. You could have a heart-to-heart on the beach, or take Sarah’s adorable dog for a walk. However you spend your day together, you’re not building a mystery: It’s going to be awesome. Flights and hotel included.All you have to do is donate to the Sarah McLachlan School of Music, which provides top quality music instruction at no cost for over 1,000 at-risk and underserved kids in Vancouver, Surrey and Edmonton. They teach music, but also life skills like creativity, problem-solving, self-discipline and critical thinking. Sarah covers 100% of the administrative costs through her foundation, so your donation will go directly to the students’ education (including lessons and materials, instruments, healthy snacks and transportation).The more you donate, the more chances you have to win.To find out more, click here.last_img read more

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McGill University offers gesture of reconciliation with Indigenous people

first_imgTom Fennario APTN National NewsOne of Canada’s most prestigious schools has made a gesture of reconciliation with Indigenous people.And from the sounds of it, it’s one of the first of many more to come from McGill University.last_img

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OSU womens ice hockey looks to rebound after wakeup call

OSU then-junior defenseman Cara Zubko (2) passes the puck during a game against Minnesota on Nov. 15 at the OSU Ice Rink. OSU lost, 5-3. Credit: Ed Momot / For The LanternAfter dropping both games against the Wisconsin Badgers last weekend, the Ohio State women’s ice hockey team opens its home schedule on Friday against the Minnesota Golden Gophers, winners of last season’s NCAA tournament.The Buckeyes lost both games against Wisconsin by a combined score of 15-0, but spent the following week in practice trying not to dwell on the past.“I think what’s key is to not look back on what’s happened, but to look forward,” senior forward Julia McKinnon said. “Obviously, every team says that at the beginning of the year, but I think we need to focus on D-zone for us most importantly, blocking the shots, looking to get man-on-man.”The difficulty for OSU as it welcomes Minnesota and its high-powered offense is continuing to balance preparing for opponents with the developmental aspects of hockey.“Yes, I can implement systems where the score might have been a little bit closer, but I want our team to get better at being hockey players and knowing what our weaknesses are and what our strengths are,“ OSU coach Jenny Potter said.Eight Golden Gophers are ranked in the top 30 scorers in the country, and Potter spent much of this week preparing her squad for another up-tempo competitor.“We’ve been playing to high speeds in practice, not just stepping in and expecting to be skating that fast, knowing that that team’s coming in,” senior defender Cara Zubko said.Zubko said she believes that at this stage of the season, it was good for both OSU’s newcomers and veterans to receive the lessons that come with back-to-back blowouts on the road.“I think no one goes into the first weekend of the year expecting losses like that.  But I think it was a wake-up call in a good sense that, just because we know we have lots of work to do,” Zubko said.Zubko was not the only member of the program looking to take positives away from its series against Wisconsin, and the team is eager to get right back on the ice tonight against another tough conference opponent.“I think it’s a lesson in life as far as how much work you put in, or lack thereof,” Potter said. “For us as a group, seeing where we are and where we want to go, with Wisconsin being a great team, Frozen Four team last year, ranked No. 2 right now, this team wants to be in those positions, so it’s a stepping stone.”Against Minnesota, OSU will look to compete with one of the best, if not the best, program in the nation. The Golden Gophers set an NCAA record with eight goals in a single period en route to an 11-0 victory over St. Cloud State last Saturday, and are led by freshman forward Sarah Potomak, who ranks fourth in the nation in scoring.But for a glass-half-full team like the Buckeyes, the opportunity to erase memories of last week’s sweep by facing off against another elite team is one not to pass up.“We know we have lots of work to do,” Zubko said. “We can’t look back on that, there’s a lot of hockey and a big season in front of us and we’ll be ready for this weekend.”The Buckeyes drop the puck in Game 1 against Minnesota at 6:07 p.m. on Friday and at 2:07 p.m. on Saturday in Game 2. read more

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