President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that the 2019 General Elections will be held on the 8th of May, on Thursday evening, during his State Of The Nation Address. This will be the sixth time, South Africans will take to the poll to elect the President of the country, since 1994.“ In a few months’ time, South Africans will take to the polls for the sixth time in our democracy to vote for the National and Provincial government” he said.
“This is an opportunity for our people to exercise their hard-won right to determine the direction of our country. I have also engaged with the Independent Electoral Commission and also with the Premiers of all provinces and intend to proclaim the 8th of May 2019 as the date of the elections” he continued. The IEC has reportedly, recorded 26 727 921 registered voters on the voters roll.
About 700 000 new registrants were recorded at the last voters weekend registration in January. 81% of the newly registrants were under 30 years, however, the IEC acknowledges the 9.2 million eligible voters that weren’t registered and in a bid to boost the number of voters, it has launched a tertiary institutes drive and extended its window period.
The President, used the opportunity to encourage eligible voters who are not registered to register to vote. “We wish to remind all the eligible voters who have not yet registered to vote that they still have until date of proclamation of the elections date to register”.
BY: MEGAN SELLO.
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