SA to declare election date, precursor to delay vote

Date needs to be proclaimed before application to delay it can be filed.
A panel found the elections are unlikely to be free and fair if held too early. Image: Mark Wessels/Reuters

South Africa’s government has said it will declare October 27 as municipal election day, a formality that will enable the authorities to file a court application to delay the vote.

Under the constitution, the election must be held within five years and 90 days of the last local government vote in August 2016.

However, a panel headed by former deputy chief justice Dikgang Moseneke found the contest was unlikely to be free and fair if that deadline was adhered to because of the coronavirus.

The Independent Electoral Commission accepted Moseneke’s recommendation that the plebiscite be delayed and intends to ask either the Electoral Court or the Constitutional Court for approval, but the voting date needed to be proclaimed before the application is filed.

The government will support a court-ordered postponement, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma told reporters in an online briefing on Tuesday.

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It was fun while it lasted.

Whahahaaaa!!

They always have to make it sound complicated. Like anc “processes”

WTF actually cares about it being extended a few months?? It makes no difference.

The “looters” will keep voting the way they do. They then have something to “struggle” about and the thieves they vote for can continue what they do.

THE WHOLE LOT DESERVE WHAT THEY GET AND HAVE!!!

Not even money will change the despicable nature of these “respected freedom fighters”

Viva SA viva anc. Let the struggle continue!!!

Whahahaaaa!!!!

“However, a panel headed by former deputy chief justice Dikgang Moseneke found the contest was unlikely to be free and fair if that deadline was adhered to because of the coronavirus.”

Here we go – can’t vote out the people enacted tyranny on us because they’ve decided it’s not safe for us to do so.

Just my uninformed layman’s 2c. Will gladly hear a more informed opinion.

What can the Constitutional Court actually say except to rule that an extension is against the constitution?

Should it not be up to parliament to change the constitution with a two-thirds majority? Moseneke’s opinion is all well and good, but does he really have the authority here?

South Africans deserve the opportunity to express their political views, and judging by the recent uproar in KZN there are some strongly-held opinions just waiting to be expressed. To delay the vote to keep the status quo in place is the essence of NOT free and fair.

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