Article by: Dumisane Dube
The Electoral Court has given the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) permission to postpone the by-elections which were supposed to be held in March.
This comes after the IEC approached the court to postpone by-elections amid the spike in Covid-19 infections.
IEC spokesperson Kate Bapela said about 24 wards have postponed the by elections since the beginning of 2021.
“The Electoral Commission approached the Electoral Court for approval to extend the period within which the by-elections scheduled to be held on 3 March and 31 March, to a date not beyond 120 days from the date of the court order. The Electoral Court authorized the postponement,” said Bapela.
Adjusted level 3 lockdown restrictions also comes with a temporary ban on all political activities.
The By-elections will now be held on the 19th of May.
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