Local government elections to go ahead despite Covid-19 concerns

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IEC barrier tape at a voting station.
IEC barrier tape at a voting station.

Despite Covid-19 concerns raised by the IFP, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) Wednesday said it was ready for the October local government elections.

Speaking during the launch of the 2021 local government elections campaign in Johannesburg, IEC chairperson Glen Mashinini said the electoral body was confident that it would be able to put in place the necessary Covid-19 safety measures during the polls.

“The commission is of the view that we are technically ready to deliver the elections. Therefore, we believe the 2021 municipal elections should proceed,” he said.

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