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All set for local election in South Africa

An Election The IEC is urging eligible voters to register and participate in the elections

Thu, 10 Jun 2021 Source: angop.ao

South Africa is “technically prepared” to hold the 2021 Local Government Elections, said the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC).

The announcement was made on Wednesday, June 9 in the city of Centurion, Gauteng province, by the President of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), Glen Mashinini, during the official launch of the Municipal Elections.

On the occasion, the IEC launched a mobilization campaign aimed at encouraging eligible voters to register and participate in the election that will take place in October 2021.

The national mobilization campaign, under the motto "All Voices Together", was launched in two phases, involving television, radio, digital channels and mobile advertisements.

Glen Mashinini admitted that the preparation for the country's fifth municipal elections, under such uncertain and unpredictable conditions, ended up presenting the IEC with one of the most difficult balancing acts in democratic history.

He added that the IEC is literally walking a "tightrope".

For him, the electoral essence can become a risky event with loss of human life due to the pandemic, on the one hand, and the eventuality of non-accomplishment of the elections, on the other.

He explained that the second scenario which would mean a violation of the country's Constitution, would lead to a democratic setback and would create an undesirable precedent for the future.

Glen Mashinini said that based on the Constitution, the Law, the operational readiness for elections as well as a thorough assessment of current pandemic conditions, the IEC concludes that “we are technically ready to hold the 2021 municipal elections”.

He said that the IEC also drew on the experiences of more than 100 countries and territories around the world that had successfully held elections under the conditions of COVID-19.

Source: angop.ao