The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) says it has not been approached by the President or the Premiers to early elections. This follows suggestions by opposition parties that Parliament could dissolve earlier to hold early elections.
IEC Deputy Chairperson Terry Tselane says the date for the National Election is determined by the President after consultation with the IEC.
The Premiers determine the date of Provincial Election in consultation with the IEC.
Currently both provincial and national elections are held on the same day, but this is not required by law.
“We therefore after consultation with the President ordinarily request a meeting coordinated by the President where all the Premiers are present. Then we make our submissions in terms of our recommendation and it is on the basis of that that an agreement is reached, then we are able from our side start preparing for the elections accordingly. Thus far, we have not been approached either by the president or the premiers about the possibility of an early election. But at the time that it happens, that’s the process that we follow,” says Tselane.