Johannesburg - The lists of names of party
representatives for Parliament and provincial legislatures represent the
country's diversity, IEC chairperson Pansy Tlakula
said on Friday.
"The candidates represent our diverse cultures,
languages, gender representation, and so on," she said at a ceremony to
hand over the lists to Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng.
"Of these candidates, approximately 42% of them are
women, with the oldest being 85-years-old and the youngest 22. The average age
of the representatives is 50."
The 22-year-old representative would be in the Limpopo
legislature, she said.
Tlakula handed over a list of 830 representatives for
Parliament and provincial legislatures.
She said the handing over of the lists indicated that the
Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) had come to the end of the 2014 general
"Our message to them [representative] is to serve
the next five years with pride and honesty," she said.
Mogoeng said the work of Parliament and provincial
legislatures would not be possible without the swearing in and inauguration
performed by judicial officials.
"In the absence of the lists, the chief justice
would not be able to usher in the inauguration in Parliament and the
inauguration of the president," he said.
Although dissatisfied South Africans had staged
wide-spread protests, they had gone to the polls.
"Their participation in the voting process showed
they embraced the opportunity to exercise their hard-earned right to vote, and
voted for whoever they preferred," Mogoeng said.
He handed the list to deputy secretary to Parliament Baby
The National Assembly representatives will be sworn in on
21 May and those in the National Council of Provinces on 22 May, Tyawa said.