Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni
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14 Sep 2021
1:11 pm

Elections 2021: Covid-19 forces parties to get creative in their campaigning

Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni

Parties are concerned about convincing enough voters to turn out, with some questions over whether the local elections will truly be free and fair.

Voters in line at the Northfield Methodist church in Benoni on voting day, 8th May 2019. Picture: Neil McCartney

South African voters are expected to be reluctant to come out in their numbers, leaving political parties scrambling to woo enough support in the upcoming local government election, which comes with unprecedented challenges for even the biggest parties. Experts and parties alike fear that contestants may have trouble reaching a reasonable critical mass for their campaigns to be optimally effective come November. Last week, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) reopened candidate lists and voter registration for the 2021 elections, following a Constitutional Court (ConCourt) decision to dismiss the commission's application to have the elections postponed to 2022. Free and fair...