Over 450 candidates from 17 political parties are set to contest the bumper 45 by-elections in KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and the North West on 14 December 2022.
Thirty-nine (39) of these by-elections are as a result of the dissolution of the Ditsobotla Local Council, in the North West, with 20 ward seats and 19 Proportional Representation (PR) seats to be contested
A total of 457 candidates – including seven independent candidates – were certified as contestants for the by-elections by the Electoral Commission. Please find the full list of candidates contesting these by-elections attached.
Voting stations in the affected wards will be open from 7am to 9pm on Wednesday, 14 December 2022, to allow all registered voters to cast their ballots.
Voters must present themselves at their correct voting station with their identity document (ID) – either a green barcoded ID book, a smartcard ID, or a valid Temporary ID Certificate – in order to cast their votes.
Although South Africa no longer has COVID-19 restrictions in place, the Electoral Commission will continue to provide the following to safeguard voters and electoral staff:
- Face masks for voluntary use by electoral staff
- Hand sanitizers at voting stations and home visits
Voters are no longer required to wear masks or face coverings within a voting station, although they may continue to do so at their discretion. Similarly, voters are no longer required to sanitise their hands on entry to voting stations, but may do so if they wish.
For more information on these by-elections contact your local (municipal) IEC office weekdays during office hours. Contact details for all IEC offices are available on the IEC website at www.elections.org.za(link is external) under Contact Us.
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