The IEC has provided an update on the upcoming local government elections, including the number of candidates in the various wards and provinces.
The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) took to Twitter on Tuesday, 11 May 2021, to endorse a statement providing an update on the upcoming elections. One of the details shared was that the elections are set to be held across seven provinces out of the nine. These incldue the Eastern Cape, two wards in the Free State, 16 wards in Gauteng, seven wards in KwaZulu-Natal, and four wards in both Limpopo and Mpumalanga. Additionally, a total of 362 965 voters have registered to participate in the elections.
The IEC noted, “Over 145 candidates from 29 political parties are set to contest the by-elections in 40 wards on 19 May 2021.” Adding, “The 145 candidates, including eight independent candidates, were certified as contestants for the by-elections on 3 May 2021. Of the candidates, 86 (59.31%) are male and 59 (40.69%) are female.”
In concluding the statement, the IEC asserted that COVID-19 safety regulations and restrictions will need to be observed at all times at the voting stations. Therefore, the public and officials are required to wear their masks during the process.
See the post below.
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