It is official, the South Africans will cast their votes in the local elections on November 1st, after the date was officially announced on Monday.
But there is still a lot to happen in the next 43 days. < / p>
According to its published schedule, the IEC also outlined its checks and balances, deadlines and processes for the next six weeks on Monday.
The first deadlines are already this morning, Tuesday, May 21. September
The IEC announced in its official gazette that from September 21st to 23rd, the electoral officer would have to make excerpts of the preliminary electoral roll available for inspection and objections. The commission then has one day until September 24th to finalize all appeals.
“By September 26th, 2021, the electoral officer must certify the electoral roll or parts of the electoral roll of the municipality used … and make these segments available for inspection until September. 26, “the newspaper says.
Another deadline on Tuesday is the registration of candidates for the elections – a process that is already underway controversial after the ANC failed to meet the original deadline. Submissions must be accompanied by payments and complete documentation that must meet the same deadline.
In this connection, all parties are obliged to do so by the following day, the September 22nd, to answer all requests from the Commission to provide it with certain information – in case of non-compliance, which leads to the “disqualification of the candidate in question” u decided to provide the information, she has until September 23rd.
Another crucial date in the proceedings is September 29th. In the meantime, the Commission must:
- compile the list of registered parties that can be challenged for election;
- certify the party lists; and
- keep the lists ready in the office of the local representative of the commission.
On the same day she must announce the dates of each candidate for each municipality.
Office of the local representative of the commission ”, it says in the newspaper.
Then the IEC must issue a“ candidacy certificate ”to each participating candidate by October 1st, exactly one month before the vote.
Special votes will be of particular interest, especially since this is the first choice on a Monday. Traditionally, the vote takes place on a Wednesday, with the special votes taking place the two days before.
This time, according to the Official Journal, anyone wishing to cast a special vote must do so by October 4th .
“On October 30th and 31st, voters who have successfully applied to cast their special votes at the polling station can visit the station between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm to cast their special votes. On October 30th and 31st, the electoral commissioners will have to visit voters who have successfully requested their special vote at their place of residence to give them the opportunity to cast their vote there, ”says the newspaper.
Starting two weeks before the election, on October 15th, the IEC must provide a list of all polling stations and their addresses for inspection at the office of the local representative of the Commission.