Inquiry into Holding Elections Begins

Written by on 28 June, 2021

By: Lindelani Mbatha & Sthulile Mdletshe

Former Deputy Chief Justice, Dikgang Moseneke, says they have received thousands of submissions on whether this year’s local government elections can be held or not.

Moseneke, who is leading a process to evaluate the impact of COVID-19 on conditions conducive for the holding of free & fair elections, is hearing oral submissions Pretoria.

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) appointed Moseneke following questions over whether the organisation could possibly hold elections during a global pandemic.

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement of the election date was followed by uneasiness from some political parties. The EFF, UDM and the IFP have been the most vocal about the need to postpone the elections.

Commenting on submissions, Moseneke elaborates,

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Meanwhile, IEC Chief Electoral Officer Sy Mamabolo says they are technically prepared to hold elections in October, however, the well being of citizens is the most important factor than elections.

Appearing at the inquiry, Mamabolo says they will be guided by all submissions as well as scientific evidence.

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