Most public positions in the country have lately become tainted by the toxicity of political polarisation such that most are no longer being gauged using the specific benchmarks of their role requirements.
The position of a Councilor is one such, where most have deviated from their constitutional mandates and are now resorting to doing anything that will make them win the gratitude of the electorate.
That means even doing things they are not obligated or required to do, at the expense of their real duties.
Councillors represent wards and are elected by secret ballot mostly on a partisan basis.
A few are appointed by the appropriate Cabinet Minister to represent special interests such as people living with disabilities.
Council’s roles range from the advisory to the administrative, with the deliberative being somewhere between the two and having also a legislative part whose output comprises by-laws.
The responsibilities of Councilors and the mayor are mainly to provide services within the local area. Such services include:
- Refuse collection
- Ensuring that grass on roadsides and verges is cut,
- Local roads are maintained
- Storm-drains are clear
- Streetlights are operational and clinics are well-equipped
These are the issues which should be used to gauge whether one is doing their duty or not.
Most Councilors are however not focused on these but are resorting to money-making project and various PR initiatives which can win them favours with the electorate and allow them to return to power again.
Others, post-elections, are merely extensions of their party politics and still engaging their Wards with political rhetoric and grandstanding which means their constituencies are still backward and undeveloped 5years on.