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Justice Moseneke Inquiry Report on Free and Fair Local Government Elections during COVID

25 Aug 2021 - 16:45
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The Justice Moseneke Inquiry published: A Report to the Electoral Commission of South Africa in terms of Section 14(4) read with Section 5(2)(a) of the Electoral Commission Act. "Having  considered  all  the  submissions  of  stakeholders,  applicable  law,  research  on electoral  practices  during  the  Covid-19  pandemic,  and  the  related  science,  we  conclude that  it  is  not  reasonably  possible  or  likely  that  the  local  government  elections  scheduled for  the  month  of  October  2021  will  be  held  in  a  free  and  fair  manner,  as  required  by  the peremptory  provisions  of  the  Constitution  and  related  legislation.    We  find  that  the scheduled  elections  are  likely  to  be  free  and  fair  if  they  were  to  be  held  not  later  than 188  Section  47  of  the  Municipal  Electoral  Act. 189  Section  47(1)(a)  of  the  Municipal  Electoral  Act. 119 the  end  of  February  2022."