South Africa's electoral commission says constitutional amendment may be needed to hold merged polls

By Bekezela Phakathi, 15 July
Local government elections in South Africa, 2016 (photo credit: GovernmentZA/flickr)
Local government elections in South Africa, 2016 (photo credit: GovernmentZA/flickr)
A combined poll, that would see national, provincial and local government elections taking place on the same day, would violate the constitution, the Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) said on Tuesday. Various political parties, including the ANC and the EFF, have been calling for the merging of SA’s elections in a bid to cut costs, among other reasons. But to do so they may have to amend the constitution first.
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