SOUTH AFRICA’S ELECTORAL COMMISSION SAYS IT’S READY TO CONDUCT 2019 POLLS

CAPE TOWN-- The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has informed Parliament that all systems and preparations are in place for it to conduct the 2019 general election.

Granville Abrahams, the senior manager responsible for election matters at the IEC briefed Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs here Tuesday.

He told SA News that it was all systems go for the IEC to hold the national and provincial elections as the current term of the legislature comes to an end in May next year.

Under the Constitution, the electoral commission has to deliver an election after the expiry of the term of Parliament and the provincial legislature. So all the planning and processes in place are geared to be ready for an election. All planning and preparations are in place to ensure that we meet that obligation in terms the Constitution. So the IEC is ready in that respect, he said.

In his presentation, Abrahams said following the recent voter registration weekend in March this year, the IEC is set to hold its final voter registration weekend in February 2019, after which the proclamation of the election date would be done by President Cyril Ramaphosa. He said this was expected to take place between February and March 2019.

While candidate nominations will take place between March and April 2019, it is expected that the election can take place between May and August 2019.

He said the IEC was currently awaiting the finalization of the Electoral Laws Amendment Bill which would, once approved, make a provision for the electronic registration of political parties and the electronic submission of party candidate lists.

The draft legislation also makes a provision for: Giving the Electoral Court a jurisdiction to hear and determine any matter relating to interpretation of the constitution concerning disputes about the legitimate leadership of the party; the possibility of electronic (online) registration by voters; to expand the potential venues for overseas voting; and limit objections to a voters roll to a clearly defined window period in the election timetable as well as to establish a voting procedure for voters without addresses.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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