Pretoria - The fifth national general elections will be held
on 7 May 2014, President Jacob Zuma announced on Friday.
"These are historic elections as they take place during
the 20th anniversary of our freedom from apartheid bondage," Zuma said.
"After consulting with the IEC, I would like to inform
the South African people locally and abroad that the fifth national general
elections in the Republic of South Africa will be held on the 7th of May 2014,
throughout the country."
Zuma said he met the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC)
and premiers on Thursday.
He was satisfied that the IEC preparations were at an
The elections would provide an opportunity to further
consolidate democracy and freedom, said Zuma.
"Our country is a much better place to live in now than
before 1994, because of the participation and contribution of South Africans.
We must continue participating in building our country," said Zuma.
"I therefore remind all our people to go out in their
thousands to register to vote this weekend, on the 8th and 9th of February.
This is the last registration period for this election and nobody must miss this
Zuma urged the youth to vote and said they should take the
benefits of freedom forward.
The electoral term of the present government would come to
an end on 22 April.
Zuma said he was proud of the manner in which government
adhered to the constitutional and democratic processes in the country.
"We have worked hard to build a peaceful and stable
South Africa from the ruins of apartheid violence, divisions and hatred,"
The elections "provide an opportunity for us to further
consolidate the democracy and freedom that we worked so hard to achieve, and
for which esteemed South Africans such as former President Nelson Mandela
sacrificed life’s comforts for", Zuma said.
"Let us make this a vibrant, robust, exciting, peaceful
and most successful election, and maintain our track record of successful
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