Friday, February 07, 2014

President Zuma announces election date

Loyiso Langeni
07 February 2014

President Jacob Zuma today announced the election date saying the electoral term of the present government will come to an end on April 22.  The 2014 presidential and provincial elections will be held on the 7th of May.                

Presidential Spokesperson Mac Maharaj said these are historic elections as they take place during the 20th anniversary of our freedom from apartheid bondage.

President Zuma’s announcement comments come as the Electoral Commission of South Africa has appealed to all eligible voters to make use of the final registration drive this weekend to register or verify their registration for this year's national and provincial elections.

Maharaj also said national general elections in the Republic of South Africa will be held on the 7th of May 2014, throughout the country.

Meanwhile the Democratic Aliiance has issued a statement defending DA leader Helen Zille for allegedly leaking confidential information about the announcement of the election date.

Spokesperson for Premier Zille, Zak Mbhele said in response to her tweets, there’s a complete over- reaction because she said nothing substantive about the content of the President’s announcement would be.

“She merely said that there would be an announcement today, but she did not reveal dates or anything else that would be considered confidential information.” Mbhele added

He concluded by saying that the purpose that the premier had in making her tweets was to supports what the presidency was intending to do which is to maximise public awareness 

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