Government will proclaim October 27 as local government election date, but this doesn’t mean voting will go ahead

Cogta minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said government would abide by any court decision on whether the local government elections should go ahead.

2021-08-03 05:55:00 PM

Cogta minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said government would abide by any court decision on whether the local government elections should go ahead.

Cogta minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said government would abide by any court decision on whether the local government elections should go ahead.

ByTimesLIVECogta minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma says she is 'bound to fulfil her constitutional and statutory obligations to timeously proclaim the date for the elections'. File picture.Image:Simphiwe NkwaliThe government will officially gazette October 27 as local government election day, but this does not mean this is when voting will take place.

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On Tuesday, cooperative governance and traditional affairs minister (Cogta) Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said the government was gazetting the date to meet statutory obligations.However, it appeared the government was in support of the election date being moved.

The Electoral Commission (IEC) earlier this year mandated former deputy chief justiceto chair an inquiry into whether the election could be free and fair under Covid-19 conditions.Last month he found this would not be the case, and recommended thevote should be postponed to February next year. headtopics.com

“Having considered all submissions and the related science, we conclude it is not reasonably possible or likely the elections scheduled for the month of October 2021 will be held in a free and fair manner, as required by the provisions of the constitution and related legislations.

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