IEC calls on eligible voters to register for May by-elections

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) on Friday called on eligible South Africans to register to vote during this weekend’s voter registration drive for the upcoming by-elections in six provinces. This is ahead of 40 municipal ward by-elections in the Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces on 19 May 2021. Voting stations […]

IEC says it’s on track for local govt elections

There are just over a hundred days until the next local government elections. But a possible spike in coronavirus infections, and the pace of the vaccination programme, mean an exact date is yet to be determined. The Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs told Parliament that several scenarios are being discussed. By law, the […]

IEC plans one voter registration weekend due to budget cuts

Budget cuts have compelled the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to hold one voter registration weekend instead of two ahead of the municipal elections to be held between August and November. This was revealed by chief electoral commissioner Sy Mamabolo when he briefed the co-operative governance and traditional affairs portfolio committee on Tuesday night. We all […]

IEC tells Parliament that Constitution doesn’t allow for postponement of elections

The Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) must be ready to deliver free and fair elections when called upon to do so as the Constitution doesn’t provide for an alternative. The IEC delivered this message to the Portfolio Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs on Tuesday evening. The committee also heard from the Municipal […]

Fewer young voters registered – IEC

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has revealed that it was losing about 35 000 registered voters monthly from the voters roll while it was registering fewer young voters. If you look at 2019 and March (2021) figures, there has been a significant increase on a monthly basis. There is an average of 35 000 voters […]

IEC warns public against fake online election committee job ads

The Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) is warning the public to guard against fake and fraudulent online job advertainments using its name to obtain personal information from desperate job seekers. An ad widely circulated on social media states that an “election committee” has announced 50,000 vacancies for young people. But the IEC said there […]

IEC ready to resume by-elections during lockdown Level 1

The Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) is set to resume by-elections, and plans to clear the backlog of all outstanding polls on 11 November 2020. In a statement issued on Friday, the commission said the scheduling of by-elections follows consultations with Cogta Minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as well as represented political parties via a […]

IEC says SA doesn’t have the funds to implement e-voting

The Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) said a proposal to pilot e-voting in upcoming by-elections and next year’s local government elections had fallen flat, as the country did not have sufficient funds. In an engagement with the South African National Editors Forum (Sanef) on Wednesday, chief electoral officer Sy Mamabolo said political parties did […]

We remain on track to hold municipal elections next year, says IEC

The Electoral Commission (IEC) says it is on track to hold local government elections next year. This is despite fears that the commission may not be ready due to the threat posed by Covid-19. The possibility has prompted two of the country’s ‘big three’ political parties, the EFF and ANC to initiate a debate on […]