PRETORIA, Feb 26–South Africa’s Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) will soon meet with all the registered political parties in the country — numbering some 140 — to discuss the timetable for the country’s May 7 general election, the fifth general election in the post-apartheid era.
IEC Chief Electoral Officer Mosotho Moepya said Tuesday that the meeting would involve nearly 140 parties to set key deadlines in the run-up to the polls. The meeting will decide on deadlines for the submission of party candidate’s lists, applications for special votes and notifications to vote outside of the country.
“I think it is important to point out that the election timetable points out to cut-off date to the submissions. Parties will be free to submit their lists of candidates even before that time. Technically speaking and correctly so, parties can begin to submit their list of candidates from tomorrow (Wednesday) if they wish to do so,” says Moepya.
Meanwhile as the hours draw closer to the voters registration deadline for the upcoming elections, some young people have decided not to waste their voting powers.
Cebisile Dlamini of Nelspruit said she had voted once but has since realised that the practice is a waste of time. She feels that voting had not yielded any positive results.
“I don’t want to put my governance in any of the hands of political leaders right now. I believe all of them can speak a lot of stuff and promises but they don’t necessarily deliver. I would rather just stick with my vote than face the disappointment,” she said.
Eligible voters had until Tuesday to register for the national and provincial elections. The voter’s roll closed at midnight as the election date is published in the government gazette. The IEC said it would deploy additional staff to its local offices to ensure that all eligible voters who were in the queue by 5pm Tuesday had the chance to register.