Delaying election date poses a challenge: IEMSA

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The Executive Chairperson of the Institute of Election Management Services in Africa (IEMSA) and former vice chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), Terry Tselane, says the election date announcement will motivate South Africans to register to vote in great numbers.

This follows mounting calls for President Cyril Ramaphosa to declare the election date.

More than half a million South Africans registered to vote, on day one of the registration at the weekend.

Tselane says delaying the announcement of the election date poses a challenge.

He says, “That’s a serious challenge because this is supposed to be the last registration weekend and yet the legal framework within which the elections will be taking place has not been finalized.”

“Ordinarily by this time we go to the second registration, the President should have announced the date of the election so that it can motivate people to register in great numbers. I think it is something that should be looked at going forward. Sooner or later the President has to announce the date in any case.”

VIDEO: IEC Chairperson Mosotho Moepya on registration weekend: