No election date yet – opposition parties unhappy

Opposition parties in South Africa want the date of this year’s local government elections to be announced, as not knowing is holding back their preparations.

Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane said an election campaign was costly.

“The fundamental issue is we have to get ready, and keep going.”

He said the DA would probably hold its official election launch in March, although the party had already been announcing some of its mayoral candidates.

Athol Trollip would be its Nelson Mandela Bay mayoral candidate and Solly Msimanga its Tshwane candidate. The Johannesburg candidate would be announced on Saturday.

The DA and EFF had vowed to unseat the ANC in the country’s major metros.

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Maimane said campaigning would be more intense this year and not just involve normal door-to-door visits.

“We’ve amplified our ground work more than we have ever done before in other years. It has been a focus of mine. It’s about how do we get the party more active,” he said.

Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister David van Rooyen on Thursday said there were still some “touch-ups” needed before the election date was announced.

In terms of the Constitution, the elections had to take place between May 18 and August 16.

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