The upcoming by-elections are the first to take place this year after being postponed in March because of Covid-19. Some more setbacks could be expected in the long run.
The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) will have to spend more than R3 million on PPE. This is an expense that the commission has not budgeted for.
This will affect the Commission, as it will have to cut back on some programmes.
"The cuts are such that they affect all aspects of our institution's life. Some voter education programmes and communication programmes would have to be scaled down because we have to do more with less." said Sy Mamabolo, IEC Chief Electoral Officer.
The Commission is planning to approach the National Treasury for more funding. Mamabolo said the IEC would need to make the treasury understand exactly how the budget cuts will affect the commission.
Voting for the by-elections will be taking place on Wednesday 11 November, from 7am until 9pm. The IEC has made 455 voting stations available across all nine provinces.
Results from the elections will be announced on Thursday.
“The Electoral Commission is confident that the by-elections will be free, fair and safe - as long as all stakeholders conform to the strict safety measures and protocols put in place at voting stations.
“Protective equipment, including masks, gloves and face shields, have been procured for election staff at voting stations and for conducting home visits for those voters who are physically disabled, infirm or pregnant,” said Mamabolo.