Joburg Mayor, Mpho Moerane, will be casting his vote in Lombardy East, Johannesburg. Today millions of South Africans are expected to go out in their numbers to cast their ballots for the local government elections.
The past two days had been dedicated to special votes and over half million people have cast their ballots nationwide.
More than 23 000 polling stations are expected to open their doors to voters at exactly 7 AM this morning. And they will be open until nine in the evening. One of those who will be casting their ballots is Joburg Mayor, Mpho Moerane.
“The Executive Mayor of Johannesburg Mpho Moerane has urged all residents of Johannesburg to exercise their constitutional and democratic right and to go out in numbers to cast their votes in the 2021 elections. The Executive Mayor also wishes to remind residents as they go out to vote to do so within the stipulated COVID-19 regulations and to wear their masks, maintain social distance and to wash and sanitise their hands as regularly as possible,” says Mayoral Spokesperson Mlimandlela Ndamase.
Johannesburg is highly contested where former Mayor of the City, Herman Mashaba is hoping to regain power with his newly formed political party, Action SA.
The past two days were dedicated to special votes. This includes the elderly and essential workers. IEC Chairperson Glen Mashinini says it has been smooth sailing.
“The last two days that we have had very successful special voting, we are pleased that we have completed the special voting successfully. And as matters stand now we are very confident that all systems are good for the election day.”
The IEC has urged all 26.2 million eligible voters to go out and cast their votes. Some of those who are going to vote tomorrow had this to say.
“The next party that is coming into power, should be one that looks after young people and gives them more opportunities,” says one of the residents.
Another voter says; “In terms of service delivery, I think it is something they should better in our communities. I think it is about time we all go out and vote, vote for change.”
SA gears up for election day:
The IEC says those who will get to the voting stations around the closing time of 9 o’clock will not be turned away.