QWAQWA. Z The clock is counting down to the upcoming local elections which are set for 3 August and political parties are looking at that day with hawk-eyes.To pray for fair and peaceful elections, the executive mayor of the Maluti-a-Phofung Local Municipality, Vusi Tshabalala, members of different churches and the community of Qwaqwa, came together at the Charles Mopeli Stadium on Sunday (17/07).They were praying for rain, as the local municipality area, especially Qwaqwa, has been hit hard by drought. There is a big shortage of water in and around the municipality.This resulted in people still queueing for water trucks to deliver water, as taps are running dry. People who attended the event were entertained by well-known gospel artists such as Paul Lechabala, Sipho Makhabane, Thobekile, Teboho Moloi and Kgwabi Motloung.Tshabalala said the purpose of the event was to pray for better elections and rain, as the water level of the Fika Patso Dam was below 11%. He said there were political parties who did not know how to fight for democracy.“We don’t have to use physical fights, but casting votes is a good way to fight for democracy. “We called different churches, because they are the ones who are closer to the mighty God. Anyone who is in need of spiritual help goes straight to the church for help, that is why we are with them today,” he said.A Nelson Mandela-decorated cake was shared amongst the people who attended.