All systems go for municipal elections

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GK CRONJE

2 November 2021

Once the voting officer is satisfied that you have the correct ID, that you are a registered voter and have not already voted, your name is marked off the roll, your ID is stamped, and your thumbnail is inked.

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South Africa's municipal elections were held on 1
November 2021, to elect councils for all district, metropolitan and local municipalities in each of the country's nine provinces. Ermelo saw a marked turnout of voters, and grandstanding of the various political parties involved. The day was declared a public holiday by President Ramaphosa. Municipal elections sees residents voting for a political party and a ward councillor, a mixed system of PR and a ward constituency system, to get seats at the municipal level.

During national and provincial elections, you can vote at any station countrywide, but if you vote at a station outside the province in which you're registered, you can only vote in the national election. In order to cast a vote, you will be instructed to present your green, bar-coded, South African ID book or a temporary identification certificate to the voting officer. The voting officer checks that your name appears on the voters' roll. Once the voting officer is satisfied that you have the correct ID, that you are a registered voter and have not already voted, your name is marked off the roll, your ID is stamped, and your thumbnail is inked.

You are then given a stamped official ballot paper/s. Residents who are physically disabled or visually impaired, could choose that someone assist at the voting station.