Eric Naki
Political Editor
3 minute read
30 Sep 2021
4:15 am

Voting system needs overhaul

Eric Naki

Parties were hoping that the election would be postponed to February next year, in line with the earlier wish and application of the Electoral Commission of South Africa to the Constitutional Court.

parties fierce battle A general view of local elections campaign posters on May 10, 2021 in Pretoria, South Africa. Picture: Gallo Images/Lefty Shivambu

Many political parties seem to have been caught off-guard by the date of the forthcoming local government elections and are unprepared for their election campaigns. The majority had not even drafted manifestos and some even had nothing at hand by the time Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma announced the first date of 27 October and then 1 November for the holding of polls. These parties were hoping that the election would be postponed to February next year, in line with the earlier wish and application of the Electoral Commission of South Africa to the Constitutional Court....