ANC STATEMENT ON OPENING OF THE POLLS FOR 2016 LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS

The day of the 2016 municipal elections has finally arrived; and polling stations, except for a very few, around the country have officially opened. The African National Congress (ANC) reaffirms its confidence in the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to oversee a peaceful, legitimate, free and fair and incident-free election.

President Jacob Zuma yesterday visited the IEC Results Center in Pretoria and expressed confidence that polling would take place under strictly regulated conditions being administered by the IEC.

 With 26,3 million registered voters due to cast their ballots today at 22,612 voting stations countrywide, this election promises to attract one of the highest voter turnout numbers since democracy.

 The ANC calls on all South Africans – and first time voters in particular, to exercise their hard won right to vote. Participatory democracy is inextricably linked to People’s Power, a principle the ANC continues to advance.

The ANC joins South Africans in calling for a peaceful election and urges all our members and structures to actively play their part in ensuring the election takes place incident-free. The ANC further calls on its members who will be voting in areas where there have been high levels of political tension, to exercise tolerance and restraint, even in the face of provocation.

Members of the ANC including the organisation’s leadership will be out on the streets today making door-to-door visits to encourage citizens to go out and vote.

 

Issued by

Zizi Kodwa

National Spokesperson

African National Congress

 

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