Elections guess game

Maybe we are caught up in the afterglow of the Obamamania sweeping through the world. But there is yet another thing we could learn from the Americans - a certainty of on which day the next election will be held.

Maybe we are caught up in the afterglow of the Obamamania sweeping through the world. But there is yet another thing we could learn from the Americans - a certainty of on which day the next election will be held.

This past weekend many opposition parties held their election manifesto rallies. None of them knows when the elections will be. It is not a favourable position to be in. They will not know how to pace themselves and how to spread their budgets, simply because they don't know how far they have to run.

Some of them have already blamed the ANC for delaying announcing the elections date. One can expect that once the elections are called and held, they will blame the ruling party for calling the elections at a date least preferable to them.

That is politics. Happily, the Independent Electoral Commission says it will be ready for any date that might be announced. We admit, therefore, that our problem is the suspense.

As things stand, a few dates have been mentioned as possible days. Depending on who is talking, we might go to the polls on March 25 or April 15 or even April 27.

Hopefully, President Kgalema Motlanthe will put a stop to this guessing game when he delivers his State of the Nation address onFebruary 6.

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