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)
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.