Some political parties have expressed their readiness for this week’s by-elections.

The by-elections are to take place across the country on Wednesday after being postponed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown.

At least 96 vacancies for the positions of councillor will be contested in 56 municipalities. The by-elections were scheduled to take place earlier this year in March.

The vacancies across 56 municipalities are as a result of resignations, death or redeployment.

SA By-Elections 2020 I ANC and EFF campaign in Limpopo’s Luthuli Township

The African National Congress’ (ANC) Secretary General is confident his party will emerge victorious in most wards, while the Economic Freedom Fighters’ (EFF) Marshal Dlamini says they remain an alternative choice.

The Congress of the People’s (COPE) Dennis Bloem says they are ready to launch a comeback .

Although only 96 seats will be contested, these by-elections will undoubtedly serve as a precursor for the 2021 local elections.

Over 440 candidates from 40 parties will contest the 11 November by-elections in 95 wards.

There is a total of 444 candidates, including 19 independents, who have been certified. Of the candidates, 305 (69%) are male & 139 (31%) are female.

SA By-elections 2020 I ANC SG Ace Magashule campaigns in Kagiso, Gauteng