It’s official – Mzansi’s election date set

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After consultations with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced the date for this year’s elections: Wednesday, 29 May.

A statement from the presidency, published shortly after 7pm on 20 February, said Ramaphosa had convened a meeting with all nine provincial premiers and the IEC to discuss the state of readiness for the elections. 

“The 2024 elections coincide with South Africa’s celebration of 30 years of freedom and democracy. Therefore, President Ramaphosa calls on all eligible voters to fully participate in this important and historic milestone of our democratic calendar. 

“Beyond the fulfilment of our constitutional obligation, these upcoming elections are also a celebration of our democratic journey and a determination of the future that we all desired,” the statement said. 

The president urged all those who will be campaigning to do so peacefully, within the full observance of the law. 

“We also urge unregistered voters to use the online registration platform to register,” said Ramaphosa. 

The proclamation to officially declare the date will be issued in due course.

By staff writer

Pictured above: The president calls on all South Africans to cast their votes.

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