Electoral Court grants postponement of March by-elections

The Electoral Court has authorised the postponement of by-elections scheduled to be held during March due to the continued COVID-19 level 3 lockdown restrictions which prohibit political activities.

This brings to 24 the number of ward by-elections which have been postponed since the start of 2021 due to the second COVID-19 wave and its associated restrictions.

The Electoral Commission approached the Electoral Court for approval to extend the period within which the by-elections scheduled to be held on 3 March 2021 and 31 March 2021, to a date not beyond 120 days from the date of the Court Order.

The Electoral Court on 4 February 2021 authorised the postponement of the following by-elections:

Original by-election date Province      Municipality Ward/s      Registered voters
3 March Eastern Cape      EC135 - Intsika Yethu   17      3 353
  Eastern Cape      EC154 - Port St Johns 09      3 469
  Eastern Cape      EC157 - King Sabata Dalindyebo 43      5 716
  Eastern Cape      NMA - Nelson Mandela Bay 17      7 011
  KwaZulu-Natal      KZN282 - uMhlathuze 15      6 442
  Mpumalanga      MP312 - Emalahleni 33      4 749
31 March KwaZulu-Natal      KZN262 - uPhongolo 14      3 881
  KwaZulu-Natal      KZN282 - uMhlathuze 22; 30      9 785
  Limpopo      LIM367 - Mogalakwena 23      5 718
Total: 4 provinces      9 municipalities 10 wards      50 124


All these by-elections have now been rescheduled for 19 May 2021 along with those by-elections which had previously been postponed as announced in a media release on 11 January 2021 as follows:

Original by-election date Province      Municipality Ward/s      Registered voters
20 January Gauteng      EKU - Ekurhuleni 43      17 886
  KwaZulu-Natal      KZN242 - Nqutu 11      5 742
  Mpumalanga      MP325 - Bushbuckridge 21      6 609
3 February Free State      FS194 - Maluti a Phofung 25      4 330
  Gauteng      JHB - City of Johannesburg 7 & 17      37 953
  Limpopo      LIM344 - Makhado 38      5 681
  Limpopo      LIM476 - Fetakgomo Tubatse 13      6 451
17 February Eastern Cape      EC441 - Matatiele 11      3 813
  Gauteng      TSH - Tshwane Metro 3; 58; 88; 92      55 988
  KwaZulu-Natal      ETH - eThekwini 110      19 291
Total: 6 provinces      10 municipalities 14 wards      163 744


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