JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (ADV) – The Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) launched elections 2019 in the Gauteng province today.
The independent elections body also took an opportunity to encourage voters to register during the voter registration weekend on 26 and 27 January, while those who are already registered in the voters’ system are encouraged to update their registered information on the commission’s website.
Speaking during the event, Chief Executive Officer, Commissioner Sy Mamabolo said the election is a much richer experience than just a technical act of marking a ballot.
He described the elections as a national enterprise of refreshing through the election of public representatives.
“In a sense, elections are about giving effect to a constitutional value system,” said Mamabolo.
The IEC Chairperson, Glen Mashinini said the country has seen an increase in the number of people taking part in voting, 25 years into democracy.
He said the upcoming elections need to be free from violence and intimidation, and that the constitution must not be transgressed when campaigning for the elections.
“South Africans will go to the polls for the 6th time to reaffirm their commitment to a democratic journey,” said Mashinini.
He appealed to political parties to foster an environment for free and fair elections.
Currently, there is about 21.4 million addresses which represents 83 percent of the voters. More than 200 political parties have registered to contest in this year’s elections.
The IEC has trained more than 60 000 officials ahead of the voter registration weekend.
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