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Lockdown restrictions, that prohibit political activities, mean that political parties cannot campaign for votes. Restrictions on public gatherings render large rallies at stadiums or halls out of the question. It is at these rallies that political parties usually gauge their support by the attendance of potential voters.

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n a normal world and under normal conditions, local government elections should be held sometime this year. However we are not operating in a normal world, or under normal conditions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Should the local elections go ahead, or should it be postponed? Many political parties are of the view that it would be prudent to postpone these elections, as the electorate may be hesitant to risk getting infected at polling stations, even if COVID-19 safety protocols are in place. Lockdown restrictions, that prohibit political activities, mean that political parties cannot

campaign for votes. Restrictions on public gatherings render large rallies at stadiums or halls out of the question. It is at these rallies that political parties usually gauge their support by the attendance of potential voters. A major challenge for politicians in these conditions is to devise alternative and creative campaign strategies to garner support from the electorate. A further argument in favour of postponing the local elections is that a few by-elections should take place before the local elections can be held. This could push the election to 2022. The hope is that by the time the elections are

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