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Research Briefing: South Africa – Local government elections: What to expect in 2021

South Africa will hold its local government elections (LGEs) on Monday, November 1. The Covid-19 pandemic threatened to postpone the polls, but the Constitutional Court had the final say and ordered the Electoral Commission (IEC) to forge ahead. All eyes will be on the ruling African National Congress (ANC) which is facing an acid test and will be looking to avoid the ignobility of dropping below 50% for the first time.

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