IEC: Voter registration postponed due to Covid-19 spike!

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The Electoral Commission of South Africa postpones voter registration from this coming weekend to end of July.

The postponement follows after the rise in COVID-19 infection numbers in the country driven by the third wave.

In a released statement, the IEC said the decision was taken by the electoral management body on Wednesday afternoon.

“The Commission confirms that it has postponed the registration from the 17th and 18th of July to the end of the month to first week of August,” alluded the Electoral Commission Chairperson, Glen Mashinini.

Mashinini further addressed that, the postponement of the voter registration will not affect the date for the local government election in which is scheduled to be on the 27 October 2021.

“The date still remains in place, but will still be subject to the findings of former deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke’s report, following his inquiry on whether the holding of the elections would be feasible under the current Covid-19 climate.” Mashinini added.

Meanwhile, the Economic Freedom Fighters, African Christian Democratic Party and United Democratic Movement have asked for the postponement of local government elections to next year amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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