Electoral Court extends postponement of by-elections

The Electoral Court today extended the postponement of by-elections it had previously granted due to the on-going impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In terms of the Court Order dated 19 March 2020, the by-election ought to have proceeded by 17 July 2020. Today the Electoral Court granted further extension for the by-elections to proceed by 18 November 2020.

In all its recent decisions postponing by-elections due to the pandemic, the Court had granted the IEC leave to approach it on the same papers, duly supplemented as necessary, for further and/or alternative relief (including for an extension of the period within which the affected by-elections should be held), should it be necessary to do so.

The full list of by-elections postponed in terms of this court order is as follows:

BY-ELECTION DATE      PROVINCE MUNICIPALITY WARD NUMBER      DATE OF PROCLAMATION
MARCH         
18 March 2020 Gauteng Emfuleni 16 14 Feb 2020
18 March 2020 Gauteng City of Johannesburg          68 14 Feb 2020
18 March 2020 Gauteng City of Johannesburg 120 14 Feb 2020
18 March 2020 Gauteng City of Johannesburg 130 14 Feb 2020
18 March 2020 KwaZulu Natal        Msunduzi 25 14 Feb 2020
18 March 2020 KwaZulu Natal Mtubatuba 10 14 Feb 2020
18 March 2020 Limpopo Polokwane 14 14 Feb 2020
18 March 2020 Mpumalanga Emalahleni 18 14 Feb 2020
18 March 2020 Mpumalanga Bushbuckridge 31 14 Feb 2020
18 March 2020 Northern Cape Khai-Ma 4 14 Feb 2020
APRIL        
8 April 2020 Free State Matjhabeng 3 6 March 2020
8 April 2020 Gauteng Ekurhuleni 60 6 March 2020
8 April 2020 Gauteng Ekurhuleni 103 6 March 2020
8 April 2020 Gauteng Tshwane Metro 3 6 March 2020
8 April 2020 KwaZulu Natal eThekwini 32 6 March 2020
8 April 2020 KwaZulu Natal uMvoti 7 6 March 2020
29 April 2020 Gauteng Ekurhuleni 89 27 March 2020
29 April 2020 Limpopo Ba-Phalaborwa 19 27 March 2020
29 April 2020 Mpumalanga Govan Mbeki 30 27 March 2020
MAY        
13 May 2020 Eastern Cape Makana 14 9 April 2020
13 May 2020 Eastern Cape Amahlathi 1 9 April 2020
13 May 2020 Eastern Cape Mbizana 24 9 April 2020
13 May 2020 Northern Cape Dawid Kruiper 10 9 April 2020
13 May 2020 Western Cape George 8 9 April 2020
13 May 2020 Western Cape George 14 9 April 2020
13 May 2020 Western Cape George 27 9 April 2020


In May the Electoral Court also granted the postponement of by-elections scheduled for June by 120 days for the same reasons and under the same provisos.

The Electoral Commission will continue to monitor progress in the fight against the pandemic and any changes to the lockdown restrictions with a view to rescheduling the various by-elections as soon as possible to ensure continuity and effectiveness of government at municipal level. Among the necessary conditions for free and fair elections include the ability of candidates to campaign effectively ahead of the elections.

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Ensuring free and fair elections

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