Ramaphosa Proclaims new date for nationwide elections in South Africa

A new date has been fixed for the elections in South Africa.

Briefing parliament, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that he intends to proclaim May 8 as the date of the 2019 general elections.

“In a few months’ time, South Africans will go to the polls for the sixth time in our democracy to vote for national and provincial governments,” Ramaphosa said during his 2019 State of the Nation Address.

“This is an opportunity for our people to exercise their hard-won right to determine the direction of this country.

“I have engaged with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and also with the premiers of all provinces, and intend to proclaim the 8th of May 2019 as the date of the election.”

Ramaphosa said he wished to remind all eligible South Africans who had not yet registered as voters that they still had until the official proclamation of the election date to register.

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