IEC intensifies preparations for Election Day

IEC intensifies preparations for Election Day

South Africans will be heading to the polls to cast their votes on 29 May 2024, as announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday, 20 February, in accordance with section 49(2) of the Constitution of South Africa.

The Electoral Commission has since welcomed the announcement and said it gives the Commission an unambiguous motivation to pull out all the stops in the intensification of preparations for Election Day.

The IEC affirms that it is committed and ready to ensure a successful 2024 general elections.

“The announcement comes after successful voter registration campaign which included two general registration weekends, overseas voter registration drive, campus activations and registration within correctional services centres. Following this overall voter registration campaign, the voters’ roll now stands at 27.6 million voters.

The Electoral Commission reminds South Africans that, while the date has been set and announced, eligible voters have until Friday 23 February 2024 to register. The later date is the anticipated day of the proclamation of the election date,” said the Spokesperson of the IEC Kate Bapela.

The IEC further urges unregistered voters and those who need to update their address details to visit the local municipality office of the Electoral Commission or go to the online voter registration portal, or reach to their chat bot on 0600 88 00 00 WhatsApp line.

Bapela explained that, following the proclamation of the election date, the Electoral Commission will publish the Election Timetable in the Government Gazette after consultation with the National Party Liaison Committee. The Election Timetable will outline the various cut-off dates for the performance of certain electoral activities. The salient aspects of the timetable will include the following:

· Certification of the voters’ roll · Publication of details of voting stations · Submission of candidates’ nomination · Submission of notice to vote outside of the country · Applications for special votes

“The Electoral Commission reminds eligible voters of the general rule in elections. That is, a person must register where they live, and vote at the voting station where they are registered. The only exception to the rule is that a voter may vote outside of the voting district of registration upon notifying the Electoral Commission by a date to be regulated by the Election Timetable,” she concluded.


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