Whose vote counts the most?

By dawn tomorrow (Friday) morning, South Africans will know who their representatives and leaders in the various municipalities are following yesterday’s massive elections which drew over 28 million voters to the different polling stations countrywide.

As early as this (Thursday) morning, a picture of the preliminary results of the 2016 local government elections have already become clear with several of the top contenders of the elections having taken the lead in the race for the all important voting.

As the Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) continues to release the names of the winners in the various wards, districts and provinces, participating political parties and organisations have began to reap the fruits of their hard fought campaigning which started already several months ago.

The governing African National Congress (ANC) with the support of its Alliances partners, the Democratic Alliance (DA), Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP),United Democratic Movement (UDM)and the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) have all been tipped as the front runners in the votes.

The fact that both the DA and EFF were expected to give the ANC a run for their money, made the election process even more exciting. However, predictions by so called political analysts and political observers have suggested that Mmusi Maimane’s party, the DA would upset the ANC by grabbing some of the main metro’s including Tshwane, Johannesburg, Nelson Mandela Bay in Port Elizabeth and Ekhuruleni.

However, all South Africans including those who did not register and did not vote, agreed that this year’s elections would be a great challenge for all participating parties.

Most of the people who did not vote on Monday and Tuesday but had registered for special votes were allowed to cast their votes with the rest of the voters yesterday.

The elections were important as they provided South Africans with an opportunity to elect representatives who have their best interest at heart and understand their needs in the various wards, districts and provinces.

Elected Ward Councillors are expected to make a real difference to people’s lives and are responsible for delivering basic services such as electricity, water, sanitation and refuse removal.

They also act as voices of the people and are expected to raise people’s concerns to the Municipal Council. They are also expected to act as watchdog and ensure that the municipality implements its programmes of action and also oversee the implementation of by-laws.