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Apt move or a waste of time? SA weighs in on IEC’s plans for local government elections

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Apt move or a waste of time? SA weighs in on IEC’s plans for local government elections

The Electoral Commission’s (IEC) development with preparations for this year’s local government elections has met with huge-ranging reactions online. 

On Wednesday, the commission detailed its plan after the proclamation of the elections by the minister of co-operative governance and traditional affairs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. 

Early Newspaper

The proclamation follows legally-sanctioned consultation processes between Dlamini-Zuma and the commission.

The IEC said the proclamation triggers the requirement for the commission to post an election timetable. 

The election timetable spans 85 days and lays down the major dates and deadlines for various electoral milestones till Oct. 27.

TheIEC also made a legal allege to postpone the vote to February subsequent year.

“The primary legal consequence of the proclamation is to shut the voters’ roll for the purposes of the election,” said the IEC.

“This means no novel voters may be admitted to the voters’ roll for the proclaimed election date. Right here is inclusive of all forms of registration that is each physical as smartly as electronic registrations.”

The present voters’ roll stands at 25.7-million registered voters.

The IEC said the proclamation of the election date opened the candidate nomination route of and this window duration will conclude on Aug. 23.

During her briefing this week, Dlamini-Zuma said by law, the local government elections have been tranquil set aside for Oct. 27 till a court docket ordered otherwise.

“The minister is no longer empowered to postpone the elections to a date beyond 90 days after the expiry of the term of the municipal councils, as prescribed by section 159(2) of the constitution,” she said.

“What we say with out any doubt is that the minister is trot to fulfil her constitutional and statutory obligations to timeously proclaim the election date for the elections.

“There is at reveal no court docket order that would excuse the minister from fulfilling her constitutional and statutory obligations. If the minister is forced to proclaim the election date before judgment by the Constitutional Court docket, she may explain that she has been advised to bag so as to fulfil her constitutional and statutory obligations.”

Dlamini-Zuma said in gazetting the date for the elections, the government was in no way seeking to contradict the Moseneke Inquiry’s conclusion or the IEC’s contemplated actions.

On social media, many expressed diverse opinions on the IEC’s development on the preparations. 

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Apt move or a waste of time? SA weighs in on IEC’s plans for local government elections