Coronavirus: IEC considering postponing next year's government elections

Coronavirus: IEC considering postponing next year's government elections

- The Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) is considering postponing next year's government elections

- On Tuesday, the IEC released a statement revealing it is yet to make a decision on the 2021 voting

- A decision will be reached after the IEC has consulted political parties and various other stakeholders, including Parliament

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The coronavirus has disturbed our daily activities and it appears things won't return to normal anytime soon.

On Tuesday, IEC spokesperson Kate Bapela told News24 that the commission is considering postponing 2021's general elections.

Bapela added the exact date for the election is pending consultation with parly, political parties and various other stakeholders.

Bapela said the different wards have tripled in size since the previous election and those are yet to be processed.

"The IEC will also have to consult the education department because we make use of classrooms as our voting stations, and not forgetting the Department of Home Affairs, who will have processed new IDs [of those] who may become new voters," Bapela said.

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Since Covid-19 reached Mzansi's shores, the IEC had postponed several elections. Taking to Twitter in March, IEC announced the following three months' by-elections had been postponed.

The post read:

"We welcome the Electoral Court's decision today to postpone all scheduled by-elections scheduled for March, April and May, incl. voter registration, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic."

Bapela said:

"As soon as we resume some normality we have to look at things like observing social distance during voting, processing of identity documents by home affairs. We will see when we get back how we make up time lost. I imagine the end of 2020 being very busy."

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