THE MUCH awaited municipal elections will now go ahead in November 1 2021, on Monday.
This was confirmed by the minister of co-operative governance and traditional affairs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, today, during a press brief.
This follows the Constitutional Court dismissing an application by the Electoral Commission to postpone them to February next year, as per former deputy chief justice Dikgang Moseneke’s report, who had recommended that the elections be deferred to no later than February 2022 if they are to be free and fair.
“This means we shall abide by the ConCourt order or ruling,” says the minister.
Usually the elections take place on Wednesday, but this time it will be for the first to be held on Monday, of which according to the minister, will be declared a holiday depending on further consultations.
Political parties will be allowed to campaign ahead of elections- adhering to strict Covid-19 regulations.
Voter registrations will open from September 18 and 19.
On when President Cyril Matamela Ramaphosa, will address the nation on the easing of lockdown, Dr Dlamini-Zuma said that would be the prerogative of the President and National Corona Virus Command Council.
For political parties- it means intensive campaigning as they criss-cross the country from now onwards for both 18, 19.
Image (Time to queue and make that mark as local government elections now confirmed for Nov 1).