48 political parties to contest 8 May polls in South Africa

South Africa’s Independent Electoral Commission’s (IEC) Chief Electoral Officer Sy Mamabolo. Photo : SABC News

Johannesburg, South Africa (ADV) – The South Africa’s Independent Electoral Commission’s (IEC) has disclosed that 48 political parties are set to battle it out on 8 May National and Provincial elections.

This came to light when the political parties who are set to contest vowed to uphold the IEC Code of Conduct while campaigning in the run up to the polls.

“We are a third of the way into the election timetable and just 49 days remain before South Africans vote in our country’s sixth national and provincial democratic elections,” said IEC Chief Electoral Officer Sy Mamabolo.

According to SAnews, Mamabolo also disclosed that the voters’ roll, containing 26 756 898 voters, has been certified and the final roll published.

“It contains 26 756 898 voters of whom 55 percent are women and 45 percent are men. This voters’ roll represents 74.6 of the total voting age population. Since the first universal voters roll was compiled in 1999, the roll has grown by 47 percent,” he said.

Young voters under the age of 29 constitute 20 percent of the total voters’ roll.

“The 22 924 voting stations which will host voting and counting on 8 May have been secured and published – along with the routes and stopping times for our 32 mobile stations,” he added.

The 29 334 registered to vote South Africans living abroad will cast their ballots on 27 April in the country’s 121 foreign missions around the world.

“This is a 10 percent increase over the 26 716 permitted to vote abroad in 2014,” he said.

During the event, the IEC conducted a draw to determine the sequential configuration of parties on the national and provincial ballot papers.

Mamabolo also underlined that logistical preparations for the elections are well advanced and on track.

Following today’s ballot paper draw, the IEC said it is ready to commence the ballot production process.

“In tandem with the number of registered voters and applying universally accepted buffer threshold, we will be printing over 50 million ballot papers using over 40 tons of paper. The ballot production process will take about 14 days to complete,” he said.

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