Filling of Legislature Vacancy

Edmund van Vuuren MPL

DA Provincial Chairperson

Following the passing of Pine Pienaar (MPL), a vacancy occurred within the provincial legislature which will be filled by Eastern Cape, DA Provincial Leader, Athol Trollip.

The DA in the Eastern Cape was rocked by the loss of one of its senior public representatives in the legislature, when Pine Pienaar (MPL) succumbed to cancer earlier last month. The vacancy that has arisen as a result of Pine Pienaar’s passing will be filled by Eastern Cape, DA Provincial Leader, Athol Trollip who will return from parliament to the provincial legislature. Athol Trollip has elected to return to the province till the end of this term of office, in order to lead the provincial election campaign from the province.

The DA is showing unprecedented party growth in the former Transkei, former Ciskei and many other former ANC strongholds. The DA is all set and determined to become the official opposition in the Eastern Cape Legislature after the forthcoming elections.

Athol Trollip believes that his return to the province will allow him to lead the election campaign more effectively and having already spent ten years in the legislature, is fully familiar with provincial government and the myriad of challenges faced by the people of the Eastern Cape under the leadership or lack thereof from the ANC.

Athol Trollip’s departure from parliament where he was the former leader of the opposition will result in there being a vacancy in the DA Eastern Cape parliamentary list. This vacancy will be filled after a comprehensive candidate selection process which starts with a candidate application process, followed by an Electoral College and selection panel procedure.

This should be concluded by mid-May and the swop and filling of the vacancy will be effective from the first of June 2013. As the DA Provincial Chairperson, I am opening an application process for all interested candidates to apply for the vacancy.

A two page CV, as well as a one page motivational letter may be forwarded to or posted to PO Box 12170, Centrahill 6060. Alternatively applications can be hand-delivered at 41 Havelock Street, Central, Port Elizabeth by the 12th of April 2013.

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