WATCH | Explained: What you need to know about voting in the municipal elections

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  • South Africans will make their mark on 1 November when the municipal elections take place.
  • The country's eight metropolitan cities are the battleground for political parties and independent candidates campaigning for votes.
  • While more than 1 000 political parties are registered for the elections, only 325 will contest it this year.

Political parties and independent candidates have ramped up their campaigns to win South Africans over ahead of the 2021 municipal elections, which will take place on 1 November.

Residents will head to the polls in their areas to elect councils for all district, metropolitan and local municipalities from each of the country's nine provinces. 

Local government is responsible for delivering services like water, electricity and sanitation in exchange for taxes. These responsibilities are divided between local and district councils, but, in urban areas, the battleground for contesting parties, the metro is responsible for all municipal affairs. 

READ | Elections 2021: All you need to know

This year's elections will be contested by 325 parties which are registered with the Electoral Commission of South Africa. 

South Africans registered on the voter's roll will vote for ward councillors, a party for the council of the local municipality, and a party for the council of the district municipality. 

More than 26 million people are registered to vote in this year's election, the majority residing in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape.

News24 explains how these elections will work and what you can expect.

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