IEC accepts Moseneke’s recommendations to postpone local govt elections

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The IEC has accepted the recommendations and findings of former deputy chief justice Dikgang Moseneke’s inquiry into the feasibility of holding this year’s local government elections.

The Citizen reports, the chairperson of the IEC Glen Mashinini made the announcement at a media briefing in Pretoria a short while ago. He said the IEC would be approaching the courts for a determination on the extension of the polls scheduled for 27 October 2021.

This could either be the Electoral Court or the Constitutional Court, Mashinini said.

On Tuesday, July 20, Moseneke’s inquiry into the feasibility of holding local government elections this year found that the scheduled elections would likely not be free and fair.

He said between now and the scheduled elections there would not be enough time for either the IEC or political parties to prepare for elections and campaign fairly and freely in the midst of a lockdown.

Moseneke recommended the polls be held no later than the end of February 2022.

This is a developing story. More to follow.

 The Citizen/Thapelo Lekabe