Faizel Patel – 20/07/2021
Former Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke and his panel have found that “it is not reasonably possible or likely” that the October local government elections will be held in a free and fair manner.
The Electoral Commission on Tuesday received the final report of the Inquiry into Ensuring Free and Fair Elections during COVID-19 from Moseneke.
Moseneke chaired the inquiry into the feasibility of the upcoming elections and heard submissions from political parties and various organisations on whether the elections should go ahead or not amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
In his final report into the matter he recommended that the elections be held by the end of February 2022.
Moseneke has recommended that the local government elections be postponed saying voter registration would be impossible.
“This is so because subsisting lockdown restrictions will stand in the way of parties and independent candidate accomplishing acts prescribed by the timetable and electoral laws.”
The IEC applauded Moseneke for finishing the report with his team a day before the deadline.