IEC welcomes election date announcement

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Pretoria - The Electoral Commission has welcomed the announcement of the 2016 Local Government Elections date by President Jacob Zuma, says the  Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC).

This, after President Zuma on Wednesday announced that the 2016 Local Elections will be held on 3 August 2016.

The Commission said the date falls within the Constitutionally-mandated window to host municipal elections between 18 May and 16 August this year.

It said the announcement of the date for the municipal elections created certainty and clarity and allows detailed planning by all stakeholders including the commission, political parties, government departments, voters, the media, observers and others.

“The announcement was especially welcomed ahead of this weekend’s final registration opportunity at voting stations as voters could now plan where they might be on 3 August.

“This was particularly important for students, migrant workers and others who may commute between two places of residence,” said the Commission.

The Commission said the announcement of the election date is not the official proclamation of the municipal elections.

“This is scheduled to occur later and triggers the election timetable and a range of legislated events, including the official closure of the voters’ roll for the elections.

“This means eligible voters can still register and update their registration and address details this weekend at their voting stations and at the Electoral Commission’s local offices until the official proclamation,” said the Commission. -