IEC picks election interval for 2021

Native authorities elections are set to be held between August three and November three subsequent yr.

This was introduced by the Unbiased Electoral Fee (IEC) throughout its engagement with the SA Nationwide Editors’ Discussion board (Sanef) on Wednesday.

In his presentation, chief electoral officer Sy Mamabolo stated that they’ve began consulting with the minister of co-operative governance and conventional affairs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma on the precise date.

Native authorities elections should happen inside 90 days after the expiry of the time period of workplace on August 2 subsequent yr.

“Session with the minister of Cogta has commenced and that session is expounded to a dialogue in regards to the optimum interval subsequent yr on a date on which an election may very well be held. And we hope that within the not too distant future a date might be agreeable between the fee and the minister,” Mamabolo stated.

Mamabolo stated that they don’t foresee any points that would delay the elections because the Constitutional Courtroom ruling on the electoral system has no bearing on the native authorities elections.

The apex court docket in June declared that the Electoral Act was unconstitutional insofar because it prohibits unbiased candidates from operating for workplace within the nationwide and provincial elections.

“The choice of the electoral court docket on the electoral system doesn’t implicate native authorities. That judgment relates solely to nationwide and provincial elections. So the work that parliament should undertake has no bearing on the preparations for municipal elections,” he stated.

The IEC has additionally detailed issues it has with the proposal to merge nationwide and native elections into one.

These, he stated, associated to the variety of ballots voter should be given on the day. They must print greater than 120 million ballots that should be delivered on time and must determine which ballots they must prioritise, whereas  the storage of ballots would create safety points.

Mamabolo stated that they’d additionally discover it troublesome to declare the elections inside the prescribed seven days.

“Our view is choice on whether or not there needs to be a composite election is a nationwide coverage matter which have to be thought-about fairly rigorously and maybe a query should be requested as as to whether ought to this not contain the views of the South African citizenry within the willpower of whether or not the nation ought to actually undertake a manner of voting the place all spheres of presidency are elected concurrently.

“Our view is that we have to keep away from synchronising by extending a time period of workplace,” Mamabolo stated.