Political parties allowed to campaign for LGE, must adhere to COVID-19 regulations: Dlamini-Zuma

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Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) Minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma says political parties can campaign for the November 1 local government elections (LGE) but must adhere to COVID-19 regulations.

Dlamini-Zuma was briefing the media earlier today.

She said that consultations with various stakeholders are taking place with regards to the possible lowering of the current alert level three.

“Whether the political parties will campaign of course they will campaign though there may be some restrictions obviously because even when they have a meeting there may be numbers that may be numbers allowed indoors, outdoors, spacing, the masks so yes they can campaign they can go door to door but they must keep to the protocols.”

Dlamini-Zuma announced that the local government elections will take place on 1 November. The date will be officially proclaimed on the 20 September, following the scheduled voter registration weekend later this month.

SA to go the polls on 1 November:

The official proclamation effectively closes the voters roll and therefore voters can still register for the polls until that date.

“After consultation with the IEC, we have come to the determination that this year’s local government will be held on the 1st of November 2021. This is in accordance with the constitution read with the Municipal Structures Act as the Act prescribes that the election be held within 90 days from the end of the five year-term of local government. We will officially proclaim this date on the 20th of September 2021 after the voter registration weekend.”