Brian Sokutu
Senior Print Journalist
3 minute read
16 Jan 2021
5:05 am

These are the challenges in postponing elections to 2024

Brian Sokutu

Electoral Act and structuring of polls ‘make a delay to 2024 impossible’.

Picture for illustration. Sealed IEC ballot boxes at a voting tent in Brackenfell, Western Cape on 8 May 2019. Picture: Henk Kruger/African News Agency

The biggest headache for the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) in delaying upcoming local government polls hinged on the Electoral Act requiring the holding of elections within 90 days of the previous election date, an expert said on Friday. The impact of Covid-19 and calls by the EFF to delay elections by the next three years has brought into focus how political parties, government and the IEC have been ill-prepared in coming up with innovative ideas during the global crisis, according to Sanusha Naidu, senior research fellow with the Institute for Global Dialogue. The Covid-19 challenge required innovation “in terms of...