Special votes for by-elections under way

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Two thousand three hundred voters will cast their by-elections special votes on Tuesday, while on Wednesday the voting stations will open at 07h00 and close at 21h00.

The IEC in KwaZulu-Natal says it has approved over 2 000 special votes to be administered from Tuesday in various wards contesting the by-elections in the province.

At least 142 000 registered voters are expected to cast their ballots in the by-elections.

It will be the first time that the IEC will organise elections in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.

IEC Assistant Manager for Outreach, Dr Nonhlanhla Hlongwane says 1 863 homes will be visited for special votes.

“This by-elections is a test case for us because we will be conducting the Local Government Elections still under COVID-19 times in 2021, so this is very important for us. We have so far 1 863 approved home visits for the special votes here in KZN, we have 466 station visits those are people that won’t be able to go to their voting stations on Wednesday, so the total that we have is 2 319 people that have been approved for special votes.”

In the video below, IEC Chief Electoral Officer, Sy Mamabolo gives update on the state of readiness ahead of by-elections:

By-elections

Chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission, (IEC) Glen Mashinini will on Tuesday hold a special meeting with the KwaZulu-Natal House of Traditional Leaders ahead of Wednesday’s by-elections.

Mashinini is also expected to address a number of issues in preparation for the 2021 Local Government Elections.

He will visit a number of voting stations to monitor the by-elections that had been postponed as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.

Campaigns

Over the weekend, the African National Congress Secretary-General Ace Magashule campaigned in Kagiso, Gauteng ahead of by-election.

In the video below, SABC’s Samkelo Maseko reports from Kagiso:

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