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Ramaphosa to announce election date within 15 days

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President Cyril Ramaphosa is set to announce the election date within the next 15 days.

President Cyril Ramaphosa. File picture: Phando Jikelo, Independent Newspapers

PRESIDENT Cyril Ramaphosa will announce the election date within 15 days.

This is according to Ramaphosa’s spokesperson Vincent Magwenya, who was briefing the media on Wednesday in Cape Town ahead of the State of the Nation address (Sona).

Ramaphosa will deliver the Sona on Thursday at the Cape Town City Hall.

The Speaker of the National Assembly, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, said it was all systems go for the Sona.

The Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) announced this week that it has registered a total of 27.4 million voters ahead of the elections.

This followed two successful registration weekends that added new voters.

Magwenya said the election date was going to be announced soon.

“If you count from tomorrow, the president will announce the election date with 15 days,” said Magwenya.

He shot down suggestions there were delays in the announcement of the date for the elections.

“There is no delay because there was no particular time agreed when he will make the announcement,” Magwenya said.

He added that there was no crisis and the election date will be announced soon.

IEC CEO Sy Mamabolo said they will now start to make preparations for the elections.

The IEC has more than 23,000 voting stations across the country, and more than 68,000 staff members who will be manning the stations.

The commission said there will be challenges in organising the ballot paper because there were more than 350 political parties and independent candidates.

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