South Africa to take to the polls on 22 April

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Parliament - South Africans will take to the polls to elect a new President on 22 April 2009, President Kgalema Motlanthe announced in Parliament only a short while ago.

"Honourable Speaker, I also take this opportunity to announce the date of the 4th National and Provincial Election for our country: 22 April 2009," said President Motlanthe, responding to the Parliamentary debate on the State of the Nation Address he delivered on Friday.

He, however, said the actual proclamation of this date will be made later.

President Motlanthe said he hoped the incoming administration would continue to make the lives of South African better.

"The new government to be installed shortly after the election will carry the baton further, striving for a better life for all our people."

South Africa has held three free and fair general elections and the next general elections will only further deepen democracy in South Africa.