Bring these elections back to basics - MERCURY 16 May 2011

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By Manouk Kroon and Nkosikhulule Nyembezi. Services that are supposed to be guaranteed constitutional rights simply aren't available to poor people, and politicians need to explain how they'll change this, write Nkosikhulule Nyembezi and Manouk Kroon We must ask politicians to be specific about their commitment to socio-economic rights in order to hold them accountable in years to come. In this way, we can all ensure that our vote does really make a difference, say the writers.

0n Wednesday, we once again get the chance to make our mark and decide who we want to run our municipalities and manage the services we use and depend upon daily But when we look at the election manifestos of our major political parties, we see alarmingly little on how they intend maintaining and developing the infrastructure that supports and provides these critical basic services.

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