As COVID-19 numbers continue to surge, the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) has urgently opted to approach the Constitutional Court in an effort to postpone the local municipal elections until early next year, reports News24.
On Wednesday, August 4, the commission stated that the application has been issued to the Constitutional Court for various reasons. However, the “weighty constitutional matters involving the balancing of rights enshrined in the constitution” has been listed as the primary reason, according to the IEC.
As a result, the proclamation by the Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA), Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has triggered requirements for the commission to publish an election timetable. This will see the commission carrying on with activities pertaining to the IEC timetable until the Constitutional Court agrees to the postponement.
Voting day is set to take place on October 27, 2021.
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