Making the announcement at a press conference in Johannesburg, IEC CEO Mosotho Moepya said they have been preparing for the elections for over 15 months.

“I have great pleasure in informing you that our logistics provisioning for the registration weekend is virtually completed. We are at an advanced stage of Election Day provisioning,” he said.

The stations will be opened from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the registration days — March 5-6, according to Moepya.

More than 250 municipalities will be contested. The ruling African National Congress (ANC) is facing fierce competition from opposition parties, particularly the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).

President Jacob Zuma has acknowledged that the elections will be the toughest for the ANC since 1994 when apartheid was brought to an end.

The ANC is facing a herculean task to maintain control over major metropolitans like Johannesburg and Pretoria.

The IEC has recruited and trained over 50,000 staff to oversee the registration process. A total of 24.95 million people are registered to vote in contrast to the voting age population of about 34.1 million, according to the Statistics South Africa.

The IEC also launched the communication campaign to encourage people to register and vote.

“We are confident that this campaign will appeal to all eligible voters and inspire them to register and vote in greater numbers than before,” Moepya said.

“We have set ourselves the target of 80 percent registration. I am satisfied that we are on track to hold free, fair and credible elections between May and August this year as required by the Constitution,” Moepya said.

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister, David van Rooyen said they will announce the election date when all the outstanding issues have been attended to.

The minister revealed that the cabinet has established the Inter-Ministerial Commission to start working immediately to ensure that the elections be conducted according to the law.

A total of 282 political parties have registered to take part in these elections so far. The full time staff of the IEC is 1,000 while the elections require about 220, 000. The electoral body said they will recruit more temporary staff for the elections. Enditem

Source: Xinhua


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