By Thys Khiba
Pretoria – The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) is concerned about how the South African government plans to conduct the upcoming local government elections, scheduled for the 27th of October 2021, which are supposed to be free and fair.
“We want to make it categorically clear that there is no election that is free and fair where political parties and the general populous are restricted at the level of campaigning and interaction,” said EFF National Spokesperson Vuyani Pambo.
This follows the announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa to place South Africa on Adjusted Alert Level 2. Ramaphosa announced that all gatherings are expected to be limited to a maximum of 100 people indoors and 250 people outdoors.
The EFF says that the decision by the government to allow the continuation of local government elections is to ‘deprive the poorest of the poor’ in South Africa from engaging with political parties and the electoral process meaningfully.
“The EFF believes that any attempt to hold elections under these circumstances is an attempt by government to retain power through a manipulative use of the pandemic, in order to suppress political-opponents the opportunity to engage the electorate,” said Pambo.
The opposition party has also urged the Independent Electoral Commission’s (IEC) newly established inquiry into the feasibility of holding local government elections led by former Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke, to consider the conditions that define the period before the actual election date.
“It is our firm belief that the declaration of elections means there can never be restrictions that seek to dictate to political parties how they conduct their political campaigns, in relation to their constituencies,” said Pambo.
The EFF has also announced that they’ll continue to engage in political activity, through their organisational structures, door-to-door campaign and rallies.
Source : Free State Central News