By-elections to resume in November

The Independent Electoral Commission has announced that in order to clear the backlog of by-elections which has formed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it will be holding all postponed elections simultaneously on November 11.

Elections will take place in 96 wards across 56 municipalities throughout the country, with over 600,000 registered voters expected to take part. In BCM, the wards which will see elections are wards 43 and 45.

According to the IEC, by-elections have not been held since March due to lockdown restrictions.

However, the move to Level 1 earlier this week means that they can now go ahead, though the IEC says that they will still be observing strict health and safety protocols.

Voters will be required to wear a mask at all times and will be encouraged to bring their own pens.

Chief electoral officer Sy Mamabolo said that they would be rolling out special targeted communication and education programmes ahead of the elections.

“Holding all outstanding by-elections together on one day will help the commission and political parties to focus their attention and energies on one day and to clear the backlog in one go,” Mamabolo said.

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