Electoral Court grants by-elections postponement due to coronavirus

The Electoral Commission welcomes the decision by the Electoral Court to postpone all scheduled by-elections in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Electoral Court today granted the urgent application of the Electoral Commission to postpone the by-elections scheduled for March, April and May along with associated activities including voter registration initiatives.

The court ruled that the by-elections could be held beyond the 90 day legislated period for the filling of councillor vacancies but not beyond 120 days from the date of the order.

The Electoral Commission will monitor COVID-19 developments over the coming weeks and will make announcements regarding the rescheduling of the by-elections after a thorough evaluation of the circumstances and in line with regulations governing the national emergency.

Voters should monitor the Electoral Commission’s website and follow us on social media pages (@IECSouthAfrica) to receive updates.

The full list of postponed by-elections 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


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