South Africa to hold local government elections on November 1

South Africa will hold local government elections on November 1, Cooperative Governance Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma announced on Wednesday.

The announcement follows a Constitutional Court order last week directing that the elections be held between October 27 and November 1.

South Africa’s Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma. /CFP

“After consultation with the IEC (Independent Electoral Commission), we have come to the determination that this year’s local government elections will be held on November 1, 2021. This is in accordance with the Constitution, read with the Municipal Structures Act, as the Act prescribes that the election must be held within 90 days from the end of the five-year term of local government,” Dlamini-Zuma said.

She added that government would officially proclaim the election date on September 20 once voter registration takes place between September 18 and 19.

“We could have chosen the originally proclaimed day of the 27th of October 2021, but we have chosen the most outer date as the IEC indicated that it will need as much time as possible to prepare for the elections.”

The elections in November will be the sixth local government elections since South Africa made its transition to democracy in 1994.

(Story compiled with assistance from wire reports)