Niche Parties and Independents may be Ineffective

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SOUTH AFRICA - Cape Town - 8 May 2019 - Ballot boxes at Kalkfontein Primary School voting station in Kuilsriver as South Africans head to the polls today to vote in the country's sixth national elections.  Pictures: Brendan Magaar/African News Agency(ANA)

The South African political landscape has become saturated with parties vying for votes in the upcoming local government elections.

This has been further complicated by the number of independent candidates that have also vowed to make a difference.

Daily Maverick journalist, Rebecca Davis says that voters can choose parties or candidates that have homed in on specific issues, rather than promising a broad spectrum of services.

However as local government polls are aimed at electing public servants who will ensure that communities have access to the basic services, niche parties may not prove as successful.

[Header image: Brendan Magaar / ANA]


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