Mbhazima Shilowa | Calls to postpone elections are motivated by political considerations

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Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) staff members empty the ballot box at the Brixton Recreational Centre voting station in Brixton, Johannesburg, as part of the vote for South African general elections. (Michele Spatari / AFP)
Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) staff members empty the ballot box at the Brixton Recreational Centre voting station in Brixton, Johannesburg, as part of the vote for South African general elections. (Michele Spatari / AFP)

Mbhazima Shilowa breaks down why he thinks South Africans should reject proposals to postpone the local government elections as well as the suggestion to hold national, provincial and local elections all on one day.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has once again set the cat among the pigeons with their call for the forthcoming local government elections to be postponed and instead be synchronised with the next general elections due in 2024. 

The call, while not new, is said to be because of the Covid-19 restrictions and the likely impact on campaigning and voting. Yet we know that this has been their position, even before the breakout of the coronavirus pandemic. 

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