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ANC Ready for Local elections on 27 October – Jessie Duarte

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  • The African National Congress (ANC) announced its readiness to campaign during the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • The party says it did not join the IEC’s ConCourt bid to postpone the local government elections.
  • Jessie Duarte says, while awaiting the ruling, they will be on the ground lobbying for support.  

The ANC has promised to “hit the ground” in campaigning for the local government elections.

This, as some political parties are calling for the postponement of the elections, which are scheduled for 27 October.

The party’s deputy secretary-general, Jessie Duarte, addressed the media in an impromptu press briefing on Monday night.

Duarte said the party had 25% youth representation from its ward candidates ready to participate in the elections. Duarte said:

We don’t believe a ward councillor position is an employment opportunity. Ours is to look for the generational mix, including women and youth candidates. The 25% youth representation was agreed on during our (national) conference. It has nothing to do with employment opportunities. All municipalities should create job opportunities for young people.

The party claimed it submitted its list of candidates before the 23 August, 21:00 deadline.

The Constitutional Court is expected to rule on whether to grant the Electoral Commission of South Africa’s (IEC) application to postpone the elections.

The IEC has approached the court to seek a postponement of the election – to February 2022.

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