South Africa Government

03/02/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 03/02/2021 04:21

Electoral Commission on resumption of by-elections

Electoral Commission welcomes resumption of political activities, by-elections

The Electoral Commission welcomes the announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa of a return to Alert Level 1 which has opened the way for the resumption of some political activities including political gatherings of up to 100 people in an indoor venue and 250 people in an outdoor venue.

The relaxation of the restrictions paves the way for the holding of by-elections for municipal ward vacancies which arose over since the last by-election in early December. The outstanding by-elections scheduled to be held on 21 April and 19 May will help to 'clear the decks' of vacancies ahead of the Local Government Elections scheduled for between 4 August and 1 November.

A total of 45 by-elections across 37 municipalities in all nine provinces are scheduled affecting 362 431 registered voters.

Under the current Local Government: Municipal Structures Act, the cut-off for the filling of ward vacancies ahead of the elections is 1 May (six months from the latest possible date for the Local Government Elections). The nine-month deadline for the cessation of by-elections in the case of dissolved municipal councils (1 February 2021) has already passed.

The resumption of by-elections is therefore one of the final opportunities ahead of the Local Government Elections for the Electoral Commission, political parties, independent candidates and other stakeholders to test their protocols for campaigning, voter registration, voting and counting of ballots while maintaining COVID-19 safety measures.

The Electoral Commission was able to conduct free, fair and safe by-elections in November and December last year during the previous Alert Level 1 phase of restrictions and remains confident it can conduct further by-elections under the same conditions.

The following by-elections will be held on 21 April 2021 with voter registration planned for 13 - 14 March 2021:

Province

Municipality

Ward number/s

Registered voters

Eastern Cape

BUF - Buffalo City

20

8 798

KwaZulu-Natal

ETH - eThekwini

6

18 116

KZN292 - KwaDukuza

5

4 350

KZN294 - Maphumulo

5 & 7

8 993

KZN434 - uBuhlebezwe

4

4 754

KZN435 - uMzimkhulu

20

4 765

Limpopo

LIM332 - Greater Letaba

15

3 856

Mpumalanga

MP305 - Lekwa

11

4 930

North West

NW372 - Madibeng

40

6 724

Northern Cape

NC062 - NAMA KHOI

2

3 067

NC452 - GA-SEGONYANA

2

3 952

Western Cape

CPT - City of Cape Town

20

17 861

WC048 - Knysna

11

2 810

WC053 - Beaufort West

4

3 276

7 provinces

14 municipalities

15 (71 VDs)

96 252

The following by-elections are scheduled for 19 May 2021 with voter registration being planned for 10- 11 April 2021:

Province

Municipality

Ward/s

Registered voters

Eastern Cape

EC122 - Mnquma

28

4 345

EC124 - Amahlathi

11

3 204

EC135 - Intsika Yethu

17

3 325

EC154 - Port St Johns

09

3 450

EC157 - King Sabata Dalindyebo

34

5 673

EC441 - Matatiele

11

3 698

NMA - Nelson Mandela Bay

17

6 857

Free State

FS184 - Matjhabeng

35

5 630

FS194 - Maluti a Phofung

25

4 322

Gauteng

EKU - Ekurhuleni

43

17 285

JHB - City of Johannesburg

7; 17; 18; 23

74 933

TSH - Tshwane Metro

3; 58; 88; 92

55 768

KwaZulu-Natal

ETH - eThekwini

110

19 190

KZN282 - uMhlathuze

15

6 442

KZN242 - Nqutu

11

5 707

KZN262 - uPhongolo

14

3 877

KZN282 - uMhlathuze

15; 22; 30

16 164

Limpopo

LIM344 - Makhado

38

5 663

LIM367 - Mogalakwena

23

5 704

LIM476 - Fetakgomo Tubatse

13

6 429

Mpumalanga

MP312 - Emalahleni

33

4 731

MP313 - Steve Tshwete

22

3 646

MP325 - Bushbuckridge

21

6 578

6 provinces

23 municipalities

30 wards (184 VDs)

266 179

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