Local govt elections to be held on 1 November

The local government elections will be held on 1 November 2021, Cogta Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma announced on Wednesday.

FILE: A voter placing their ballot paper inside a ballot box after casting their vote at the Rantailane Secondary School, in Ga-Rankuwa on 19 May 2021. Picture: Boikhutso Ntsoko/Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG - It's official: the 2021 local government elections will be held on 1 November.

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma announced on Tuesday.

She said that the date was determined through consultations with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC).

"We've come to the determination that this year's local government elections will be held on the 1st of November 2021. This is in accordance with the Constitution, read with the Municipal Structures Act, as the Act prescribes that the election must be held within 90 days from the end of the five-year term of local government."

The decision follows an order of the Constitutional Court, which directed the IEC to hold elections between 27 October and 1 November this year.

The November polls will be the sixth local government elections since the transition to democracy in 1994.

Dlamini-Zuma explained why 1 November was the ideal date: "We could have chosen the original proclaimed date of the 27th of October but we have chosen the most outer date as the IEC indicated that it would need as much time as possible to prepare for the elections."

The minister also cautioned the public about the extraordinary time during which the upcoming elections would take place, given the COVID-19 pandemic.

The proclamation of the elections will take place on 20 September, after the voter registration weekend on 18 and 19 September.

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