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UDM says no to local government elections due to COVID-19 risks

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The UDM believes that the local government elections should not take place in October, as it poses a huge threat of being a super spreader event.

On Friday, 2 July 2021, Bantu Holomisa, the United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader, released the oral submission on behalf of the party, at the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) inquiry into ensuring free and fair local government elections, during the COVID-19 pandemic. The inquiry has posed the question as to whether or not it is wise for the local government elections to be held in the country, as we battle the coronavirus pandemic.

According to Holomisa, “Political parties are part of free and fair elections, not only the IEC.” Holomisa also stated that the elections are not only dependent on whether the IEC believes that they are ready to cope with the challenges of COVID-19. He expressed that he believes that, should voter turnout be low in light of COVID-19, it will impact the goal for free and fair elections negatively. Adding that, should the turnout be good, this poses a threat, and risks a super spreader event occurring.

Holomisa closed by expressing that the UDM is of the view that the risks of holding elections in October outweighs the benefit to our people. Stating, “The third wave is a wake-up call for us to take Covid seriously, therefore we cannot honestly say our democracy will not suffer as a result.”

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