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Electoral Commission grants by-elections postponement due to Coronavirus COVID-19

Electoral Court grants by-elections postponement due to coronavirus

The Electoral Commission welcomes the decision by the Electoral Court to postpone all scheduled by-elections in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Electoral Court today granted the urgent application of the Electoral Commission to postpone the by-elections scheduled for March, April and May along with associated activities including voter registration initiatives.

The court ruled that the by-elections could be held beyond the 90 day legislated period for the filling of councillor vacancies but not beyond 120 days from the date of the order. The Electoral Commission will monitor COVID-19 developments over the coming weeks and will make announcements regarding the rescheduling of the by-elections after a thorough evaluation of the circumstances and in line with regulations governing the national emergency. Voters should monitor the Electoral Commission’s website and follow us on social media pages (@IECSouthAfrica) to receive updates.

The full list of postponed by-elections is as follows:

By-Election DateProvinceMunicipalityWard NumberDate of Proclamation
March    
18 March 2020GautengEmfuleni1614 Feb 2020
18 March 2020GautengCity of Johannesburg6814 Feb 2020
18 March 2020GautengCity of Johannesburg12014 Feb 2020
18 March 2020GautengCity of Johannesburg13014 Feb 2020
18 March 2020KwaZulu NatalMsunduzi2514 Feb 2020
18 March 2020KwaZulu NatalMtubatuba1014 Feb 2020
18 March 2020LimpopoPolokwane1414 Feb 2020
18 March 2020MpumalangaEmalahleni1814 Feb 2020
18 March 2020MpumalangaBushbuckridge3114 Feb 2020
18 March 2020Northern CapeKhai-Ma414 Feb 2020
April    
8 April 2020Free StateMatjhabeng36 March 2020
8 April 2020GautengEkurhuleni606 March 2020
8 April 2020GautengEkurhuleni1036 March 2020
8 April 2020GautengTshwane Metro36 March 2020
8 April 2020KwaZulu NataleThekwini326 March 2020
8 April 2020KwaZulu NataluMvoti76 March 2020
     
29 April 2020GautengEkurhuleni8927 March 2020
29 April 2020LimpopoBa-Phalaborwa1927 March 2020
29 April 2020MpumalangaGovan Mbeki3027 March 2020
May    
13 May 2020Eastern CapeMakana149 April 2020
13 May 2020Eastern CapeAmahlathi19 April 2020
13 May 2020Eastern CapeMbizana249 April 2020
13 May 2020Northern CapeDawid Kruiper109 April 2020
13 May 2020Western CapeGeorge89 April 2020
13 May 2020Western CapeGeorge149 April 2020
13 May 2020Western CapeGeorge279 April 2020

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