Local government elections are fast approaching and there are important dates to be noted by South Africans who are eligible to vote. Political parties are working hard to score votes from citizens, while citizens are grumbling.
It's final, elections date is the first of November. This was confirmed by Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma on Monday. The minister has gazetted the election date for the 1st of November. This means that the voters' roll will be sealed at midnight.
Here are some more important dates to note: The voters roll will be certified on the 26th of September. Special votes will be cast on the 30th and 31st of October. Dlamini-Zuma has pleaded with South Africans that may the elections not turn into tears. The gazette was done as per the Constitution, section 159 read with the Municipal Structures Act, which prescribes that at the end of a five-year term of local government, elections must be held within a period of 90 days. Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, has urged South African aged 18 and above to visit the country’s 23 146 voting stations at the weekend to register to vote at the 1 November municipal elections.
Meanwhile, the IEC has raised concerns about the poor turn out. Many people are angry with the ruling party for not fulfilling its promises throughout the years it has been in power. Citizens have vowed not to vote. But not voting is not a solution because it is giving the ANC a chance to remain in power.
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