2019 elections likely to be in May

ELECTORAL Commission (IEC) chairperson, Glen Mashinini, says the 2019 general elections will most likely be held in May 2019.

Mashinini said President Cyril Ramaphosa recently indicated his intention to proclaim elections before the end of May next year but is expected to announce the exact date in due course.

In terms of the Constitution, the term of the current National Assembly and provincial legislatures ends on 6 May 2019 and elections must be held within 90 days thereafter.

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Mashinini said a voter registration weekend will be held on Saturday, 26 and Sunday, 27 January 2019.

The Electoral Commission will support the voter registration drive with the roll-out of a national communication and education campaign to encourage participation.

Mashinini said all the country’s 22 932 voting stations will open from 8am to 5pm on the voter registration weekend.

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“This is to allow new voters to register and existing voters to update and check their registration details.”

Mashinini said there are currently 26.1 million registered voters on the national common voters’ roll.

 

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