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ANC welcomes local government elections date by CoGTA

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The ANC has welcomed the proclamation of the local government elections date by the CoGTA Minister, and confirmed it will be filing its submission in support of the IEC’s application to court.

The African National Congress (ANC) welcomed the proclamation of the local government elections (LGE) date by the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA), Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, in a statement issued on Tuesday, 3 August 2021. The ANC believes that this will pave the way for the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) to approach courts to implement recommendations by the Moseneke Inquiry to postpone elections.

The ANC pointed out that this was an important and critical legal requirement for the elections to be postponed by the courts, in line with the Moseneke Inquiry findings. The party noted that the recommendations by the former Deputy Chief Justice were based on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the holding of free and fair elections.

The ANC further stated that it had supported the postponement of the elections by not more than six months, in order to allow for an evidence-based decision on the exact date, taking into consideration the imperative of combating the pandemic, safeguarding lives, allowing for voter registration, candidate selection, and campaigning by political parties. The party also confirmed that it would be filing its submission in support of the IEC’s court application.

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