SA: Local Elections 2016 date proclaimed

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Pretoria – Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) Minister Des van Rooyen has called an election of all municipal councils and set 3 August 2016 as the date of the Local Government Election.

The Minister announced this proclamation of the coming local government election date on Monday, in terms of section 24(2) of the Local Government: Municipal Structures Act, 1998 (Act No. 117 of 1998).

“In effect this means that the voters’ roll closed at 17h00 today [Monday]. We are encouraged that the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) holds an untarnished reputation having hosted a number of successful national, provincial and local government elections, since 1994,” said the Ministry.

“I am therefore delighted to hand over the baton to the IEC as it prepares to deliver yet another successful election,” said the Minister.

He thanked all voters who registered, verified their details and provided addresses or sufficient particularities to ensure that they are eligible to vote on 3 August 2016.

“I encourage all eligible voters to help strengthen our democracy by voting in the coming local government election scheduled for 3 August 2016,” said Minister van Rooyen.