No plans for early elections

2018-06-06 06:01

THE Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) says it is not preparing for early elections, but that it is on track to hold elections in mid-2019 when the current term ends.

The IEC appeared before parliament’s portfolio committee on home affairs yesterday to present its readiness for the elections next year, constitutionally due to be called between May 8 and August 11.

Rumours of early elections started after an ANC national executive committee (NEC) meeting that debated the possibility of bringing them forward. The current term ends at midnight on May 8.

The IEC has a 90-day window thereafter to hold elections, based on a date decided by the president. IEC chairperson Glen Mashinini told journalists after the meeting that they would be meeting with President Cyril Ramaphosa tomorrow.

The IEC said it was, under “normal, routine” conditions, required by the law to update the president on its readiness, and not to discuss the possibility of early elections. “I don’t know where the early elections question comes from,” Mashinini said. “We have a Constitution, and it is clear ... The term is a five-year term and starts from the day a new government is elected.

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