Report on the Atlantis SEZ Community Stakeholder Network (ASEZ-CSN) election released (Available here)
GreenCape and the Oversight Committee, appointed by the community of Atlantis to oversee the election of members to the ASEZ-CSN, have released the findings on the election process. The report contains a detailed description of the process, as well as the committee’s findings on the legitimacy of the process and the outcomes of the elections.
What is the ASEZ-CSN?
The Atlantis Special Economic Zone Community Stakeholder Network (ASEZ-CSN) is a community structure which was elected by Atlantis stakeholder structures and their respective representatives. The ASEZ-CSN spans eight defined sectors within the Atlantis community, as described in the Terms of Reference, which was presented and adopted at a public community meeting on 15 November 2018. GreenCape was given a mandate at this meeting to hold the elections for this community structure.
Who is the Oversight Committee?
Also mandated at the same meeting was the Oversight Committee, a committee consisting of volunteers tasked with verifying the legitimacy of the overall election process as well as its outcome.
How did the elections work, and what were the outcomes?
GreenCape accepted the mandate to hold the sectoral elections for the ASEZ-CSN. After consulting with the Interim Working Committee, the authors of the Terms of Reference, and the Oversight Committee, the date for the AGM, preceded by the elections, was moved from 4 December 2018 to a more realistic and achievable date of 7 February 2019.
GreenCape then initiated a communications campaign and held various information sessions in different Atlantis locations in January. This was done in order to encourage registered and active community organisations to nominate representatives for the fifteen seats available on the ASEZ-CSN. The eight sector elections followed immediately on January 31 until 2 February.
After the sector elections, the Oversight Committee deliberated on the process and the results. The committee reported its findings at the Annual General Meeting held on 7 February 2019, the first public meeting to introduce the elected members of the ASEZ-CSN.
The meeting yielded 12 of the 15 available seats ratified by the Atlantis community. GreenCape was mandated to repeat the Youth sector and the Education sector elections, in order to fully constitute the structure. Concerns and objections were noted during the meeting and community members were encouraged to submit their responses from an informed position, once the final elections are concluded all the facts are available in the final report.
GreenCape facilitated the elections for the Youth and Education sectors on 1 March, concluding the election process for the ASEZ-CSN.
About the report and the review process
The Oversight Committee and GreenCape have now released a public report on the overall process. This report, consisting of a detailed description of the process as well as the Oversight Committee’s findings is available here.
In line with the AGM's commitment to allow for interested parties to raise concerns or objections to the election process or results, the appeals process is open for seven (7) days from today (26 March 2019) and will close at 5 p.m. on 2 April 2019. Appeals will be processed within 21 calendar days from 2 April 2019.
The appeals form is available from GreenCape on request. Only appeals submitted through the appeals form will be processed.
For any other information, please contact the SEZ project team: 021 577 2719/1034 or email us.