The president of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa announced the local government elections and will officially take place on Wednesday, 27 October 2021.
Voters across the nation will elect their leadership and public representatives in all three levels (Metropolitan, district and local)
The president in a statement urges eligible voters especially first-timers to register in order to participate in the elections which provide the basis for development and service delivery closest to where citizens live.
He also said necessary legal process to proclaim the date and undertake other requirements will be followed, and this will be done by the minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.
The IEC (Independent Electoral Commission) will also introduce new voting management devices for the municipal elections that will take place in October.
In the past, the IEC used the ‘zip-zip’ which plans to replace it for the 2021 municipal elections.
The new device will be more sophisticated and will make voter registration easier, the device will allow monitoring of voter participation in real-time to avoid unnecessary delays.