IEC prepares for polls amid COVID-19

The IEC says it has put measures in place to ensure the polls don't turn into superspreader events. Courtesy of #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - Need to cast a ballot in the upcoming by-elections?

Well, the IEC says it has put measures in place to ensure the polls don't turn into superspreader events.

Voting was set down for March but had to be rescheduled for 11 November due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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"Like most entities, we had to adjust we have to adjust activities to give voice to the people without turning election into superspreader event," said Masego Shiburi, IEC deputy manager.

"There will be a slight varied voting process and we will enforce social distancing and provide PPE for our staff."

The IEC says these by-elections will serve as a dress rehearsal for the 2021 local government polls.

READ: COVID-19 pandemic threatens 2021 local government elections

It comes amid intense debate on whether the local government and general elections should be combined in 2024.

Political parties have only weeks left to win the hearts and minds of voters. 

* Khayelihle Khumalo has the full video report above.

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eNCA