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Electoral Commission holds by-elections in KAI !GARIB municipality, 2 Feb

Three political parties have registered to participate in the by-election, which will be held in Ward 30802002 in KAI !GARIB in Kakamas in the Northern Cape, to replace a deceased councillor.

The ANCs Regina Lipinge, the Economic Freedom Fighters John Thomas Pondala and Peter Francis Bailey of the

Hope for the Future will contest the ward.

Special voting will take place at voting stations and home visits on 1 February 2022, between 08h00 and 17h00. Whereas he general voting will take place on 2 February 2022 in the following two voting stations:

Marchand Community Hall.
Cillie Gemeenskap Saal.

A total of 2752 voters are expected to take part in the election.

Voters who are already registered have the further option to check their registration status online at if they have internet access, or to SMS their ID number to 32810 at a cost of R1 per SMS. Voters can also use these facilities to check if they are affected by the by-elections.

Voters must please remember to take their identity document (ID) with them either a green barcoded ID book, a smartcard ID, or a valid Temporary ID Certificate. They will also need to complete their physical home address on registration or provide sufficient particularities of their place of residence.

Documented proof of address (e.g. a municipal account) is not required. Voters are reminded that it is a criminal offence to register and vote in a ward in which they are not ordinarily resident.

The by-elections will be held under strict new COVID-19 protocols aimed at ensuring the safety of voters, election staff, party agents, observers and other stakeholders. These include implementing strict social distancing practices outside and inside voting stations along with the use of hand sanitisers as voters enter and exit the voting station.

Voters, election staff and all those entering the voting station will be required to wear a mask at all times. Voters are also encouraged to bring their own pens to mark their ballot papers, although pens will be provided and sanitized after each use.

For more information on these by-elections contact your local (municipal) IEC office weekdays during office hours. Contact details for all IEC offices are available on the IEC website at under Contact Us.

For media queries: Please contact Kate Bapela on 082 600 6386

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