POLL | Would you vote in an election rerun?

10 November 2021 - 13:00
Voters queue in Macassar in the Western Cape during the recent local government elections.
Voters queue in Macassar in the Western Cape during the recent local government elections.
Image: Esa Alexander

As coalition discussions intensify and deals are thrashed out, some have pointed to the potential of a rerun of the elections in hung municipalities where no coalitions are formed.

ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa alluded to this during his address to supporters on Monday, pointing out that if agreements could not be made, a rerun could be forced.

According to the Electoral Commission, no party achieved a majority in 66 municipalities in the recent local government elections.

There have been concerns about voter turnout if there is a rerun after less than half (12.3-million) of the 26.1-million registered voters showed up at the polls this year.

While some on social media said they would vote again to ensure change, others said they had already voted for the party of their choice and that “was enough”.

EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambu said his party was not intimidated by the prospect of a rerun.

“Ramaphosa says the ANC is ready for rerun of elections in municipalities where coalition governments cannot be constituted, and he thinks we are afraid. We are not.”

Shivambu said a rerun would “wipe out the dying ANC to zero”.

ActionSA leader Herman Mashaba said his party was ready for a rerun, should it be needed, but cautioned citizens would be the ones to suffer.

“If we are forced to go for a rerun, we will do that, but in that period when we are campaigning again, who suffers? The residents because there is a governing vacuum,” said Mashaba. 


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