Govt calls voters to exercise democratic right

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Pretoria - Government has reiterated Cabinet's call to all eligible voters to come out in large numbers on 18 May 2011 to exercise their democratic right to elect a government of their choice.

"Regular, free and fair elections are a cornerstone of our democracy. Our votes on May 18 will go a long way towards entrenching South Africa as a democratic society with a legitimate government that is accountable, responsive and open," said Cabinet spokesperson Jimmy Manyi.

He added that government is satisfied that all institutions involved in the preparations for the elections, including the police, are ready and that the environment is conducive for a free and fair election.

South Africans, who will not be able to vote on 18 May will get an opportunity to vote two days before the elections.

Voters who qualify for special voting include those with physical disabilities, pregnant women, those absent on government service abroad as well as election official and security force members on election duty.

Seventy five thousand police officers and more than 1000 soldiers will be deployed across the country to ensure that the elections are safe and secure.

According to Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa, 50 000 police officials will be deployed at the 21 868 polling stations throughout the country.

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