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Ministry cancels by-elections

Staff Writer
The Ministry of Local Government has said that there will be no by-elections between now and October. This is despite the fact that four council seats are vacant. The decision to do away with by-elections has been taken because the country goes to the general elections in October.

A press release from the ministry's public relations office said yesterday that preparations for the general elections are advanced and holding by-elections might cause confusion, voter fatigue and apathy during the general elections.

"It would be economically wasteful to hold elections to fill vacancies that will be rendered obsolete a month later. For example some of the new councillors (from the by-election)

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might not even sit in a single meeting," said a statement from the ministry.

The statement said that the capacity of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) would be over-stretched by by-elections, since it is already preparing for the general elections.

"The minister has taken the decision that no council by-elections be held between now and the general elections," the statement said.



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