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Electoral Court postpones by-elections over COVID-19 outbreak

The Independent Electoral Commission approached the court with an urgent application seeking a postponement.

FILE: A voter placing her marked ballots into the local and national ballot boxes on 8 May 2019. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Electoral Court has ruled that the upcoming by-elections will be postponed in light of the coronavirus outbreak.

The Independent Electoral Commission approached the court with an urgent application seeking a postponement.

The commission's Kate Bapela said that rescheduling the by-elections would depend on the evolving coronavirus situation.

"Normally, once the by-elections have been proclaimed we, as the electorial commission, have got 90 days to undertake the by-elections. We can hold these by-elections between 90 and 120 days. After 120 days, the order no longer applies."