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IEC finalising dates for municipal elections

The IEC says South Africans will know in due course when they can elect their preferred municipal leaders.

Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) logo. Picture: Dineo Bendile/EWN.
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Local Elections

JOHANNESBURG – The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) says talks about an official date for this year’s municipal elections are at an advanced stage.

Since the launch of the municipal elections earlier this month, the IEC has been in deliberations with the Co-operative Governance Department, which will make the final decision.

The IEC's Mosotho Moepya says South African's will know in due course when they can elect their preferred municipal leaders.

“The minister will proclaim an election after consulting with the commission. Those consultations are underway and are fairly advanced.”

Registration days have been set for the 5th and 6th of March.

In the meantime, the commission says it will start communicating with all structures of political parties to make sure knowledge on the code of conduct becomes more widespread.

ELECTORAL CODE OF CONDUCT

The IEC says it’s to take a firm stand against parties contravening the electoral code of conduct.

The commission's Terry Tselane says transporting party supporters to vote in an area outside of their own is an offence and will be dealt with as such.

“This commission is resolute in terms of dealing with in terms of dealing with that issue as harshly as we can.”

But he has reminded members of the public that not all people who are transported to stations by their parties will be there unlawfully.

“I’m raising this issue because it’s easy to come to a conclusion when you see a bus and say ‘I’ve got the registration number of the bus, taxis and these people have been bused’.”

(Edited by Refilwe Pitjeng)

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