United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader, Bantu Holomisa, has proposed that local government elections be postponed to between March and April next year.

The Moseneke Inquiry is looking into whether free and fair elections will be possible during South Africa’s local government elections amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Holomisa has told the Moseneke Inquiry that political parties under the current national disaster regulations will be constrained in campaigning and these activities are conducive to spreading the coronavirus.

Holomisa says that the implications of the how many people turn up for the October 27 poll must be considered.

“We must consider the possible impact on the result and democracy if the turnout is low and what it would mean for free and elections the conundrum however is this if voter turnout is good election day may turn out to be the mother of super spreader events especially in the voters for the UDM this is the single most worrying factor,” he says.
The Patriotic Alliance and Al Jama-ah have called for the elections to proceed in October as planned.

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