By law, election day has to be declared a public holiday

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Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has gazetted November 1 as the date for the local government elections.

The IEC has written to Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi to ask him to facilitate a request to the President that election day, November 1, be declared a public holiday.

Researcher at the Electoral Institute of SA Thembelani Mazibuko runs through the legal process that would be required.

By law, election day has to be declared a public holiday. This is to allow people who are working to have as much of an opportunity to vote.

Thembelani Mazibuko, Researcher – Electoral Institute of SA

This in principle allows for a free and fair election. Therefore the President will declare Voting Day a public holiday.

Thembelani Mazibuko, Researcher – Electoral Institute of SA

But in order for that to happen, the IEC has to issue a request to the Minister of Home Affairs to facilitate this process.

Thembelani Mazibuko, Researcher – Electoral Institute of SA

This process includes the official gazetting of the public holiday.

Once it has been officially gazetted it will then be announced by the President as a public holiday to allow all people to vote.

Thembelani Mazibuko, Researcher – Electoral Institute of SA

Two days preceding the day is allocated for special votes for those who have to work on the day, he adds.

If you cannot vote on that day you must apply to vote on those two days.

Thembelani Mazibuko, Researcher – Electoral Institute of SA

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