Marizka Coetzer
Journalist
3 minute read
21 Sep 2021
5:45 am

2021 elections likely to have the smallest turnout in SA’s history

Marizka Coetzer

After the last elections in 2019 and before the registrations opened over the weekend, the voters’ roll had shrunk by roughly 1.1 million people.

South Africans will vote on 1 November for their councillors in the 2021 local government elections. Picture: @IECSouthAfrica/Twitter

The 2021 municipal elections are shaping up to be one with the smallest voter turnout in the country’s history. According to the Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) yesterday, 433 198 first-time voters registered this past weekend, while voters who were reregistering numbered 1 277 811, making for “1.7 million voters registered during the special two-day registration weekend”. Independent election analyst Dawie Scholtz said after the last elections in 2019 and before the registrations opened over the weekend, the voters’ roll had shrunk by roughly 1.1 million people. Scholtz added it was completely normal for it to shrink as people die...