Opposition parties want the date of this year’s local government elections, as not knowing is holding back their preparations.
The Economic Freedom Fighters, who will be contesting municipal elections for the first time, wanted the date be announced as soon as possible.
“The person who announces the date of elections is the president of the ANC it means the ANC is aware of the date of elections,” EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambu said.
The party wanted to know by when the list of candidates had to be finalised and when it had to announce its manifesto and hold rallies, as this took much preparation.
Parties should at least be told in which month the election was going to take place, as campaigning for three months was different to campaigning for six months.
However, he said the EFF was ready for the local government elections.
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.
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
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