On Tuesday, President Cyril Ramaphosa has officially proclaimed elections and stated that South Africans should head to the polls on 8 May.
The date was previously announced during 2019 State of the Nation Address, however, the official proclamation could not be done due to the Constitution’s lines — they prescribe to dissolve the country’s Parliament at first. Last week the majority of MPs agreed to perform this move and dissolve the National Assembly.
We welcome today’s proclamation of #SAElections2019 by President & provincial Premiers. Proclamation triggers the official election timetable which we will discuss with the National Party Liaison Committee tomorrow before publishing in Govt Gazette. https://t.co/HBH1mSlAvE
— IEC South Africa (@IECSouthAfrica) February 26, 2019
The voters’ roll will be closed at midnight on 26 February meaning that no residents could further register to vote for this year elections after that period. The registered parties, in turn, have two weeks to submit their national, regional and provincial lists of nominations.