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Postponing October’s local government elections can simply not be allowed to happen, argues the SA Institute of Race Relations. Photo: Darren Stewart/Gallo Images
Postponing October’s local government elections can simply not be allowed to happen, argues the SA Institute of Race Relations. Photo: Darren Stewart/Gallo Images

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Postponing October’s local government elections can simply not be allowed to happen, as it would signify that our Constitution has been broken, depriving South Africans of their right to regular elections.

The move by the Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) to postpone the elections, which are scheduled for October 27, follows a report from an inquiry headed by former deputy chief justice Dikgang Moseneke into whether South Africa could hold a free and fair election while Covid-19 remained a threat.

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