IEC It’s all systems go for the 2019 general elections

by FariedaMay 3, 2019

The Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) says it is ready to oversee the sixth democratic elections on May 8 next week.

The price of petrol will push to a record high from midnight on Tuesday, with the central energy fund (CEF) announcing that under-recovery in August would prompt fuel increases ranging from 99c to R1.79.

The IEC’s chief electoral officer Sy Mamabolo, said that a record number of political parties contesting the elections have presented new challenges.

He was speaking during the official opening of the National Operations Centre in Tshwane.

Only registered voters will be allowed to cast their ballots, and all voters will need to produce their South African ID document or Smartcard.

“This gargantuan increase in the number of parties contesting has also required a slight revision to our traditional layout here at the National Results Centre to accommodate nearly twice the number of political parties than previous elections,” said Mamabolo.

Another challenge that has tested the commission, added Mamabolo, is the collection of addresses for voters over the past three years.

“We are pleased to indicate that we now have full addresses for almost 85 percent of the voters’ roll and hope to further improve this by insisting that consistent with the legal prescript, any voter without an address must provide one before being furnished a ballot paper,” he said.

The elections kick-started with South African citizens living or working abroad casting their votes on Saturday at foreign missions around the world.

“The cast ballots are now in the process of being securely transported back to South Africa where they will be counted before party representatives.

“The result of this count will be included in the tally for the national ballot after Election Day,” said Mamabolo.

According to the IEC out 770 000 special voters to cast their votes across the country on Monday and Tuesday, 70 672 are from KZN.

The 2019 Election in numbers:

60 Million ballot papers

26.7 Million registered voters

189 000 IEC Officials

56 225 Stationary packs

76 Political parties to choose from

14 Hours to vote


There is still time to check if you are on the voters’ roll by calling 0800 11000, smsing your ID number to 43810 or visiting the IEC website, 


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