The IEC has confirmed the date for the upcoming local government elections, which are scheduled to take place on Wednesday, 27 October 2021.
The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) took to Twitter on Wednesday, 28 April 2021, to circulate a post confirming the date for the upcoming local government elections. The date comes on the back of pleas to have the elections pushed back, due to the current restrictions which prohibited many from campaigning as desired.
Despite the calls from various political parties, the IEC has remained steadfast in that the elections need to take place this year. However, considering that the country has now eased some of the COVID-19 restrictions and regulations, parties can still campaign whilst adhering to the guidelines set out.
The elections are scheduled for Wednesday, 27 October 2021. Ahead of the elections, the IEC will embark on various campaigns to encourage voters to take to the polls on the day and to register first-time voters. Citizens will be required to present their identity document (ID) in order to register and vote.
See the post below.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that #LGE2021 will be held on 27 Oct. We will soon embark on a registration campaign, & hold one voter registration weekend. Dates will be announced soon following consultations with stakeholders. Get your ID ready & stay tuned! pic.twitter.com/Pl1yi8nv8O
— IEC South Africa (@IECSouthAfrica) April 28, 2021