IEC to request that election day be declared a public holiday

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Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) Chief Electoral Officer Sy Mamabolo says they have written to Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi to ask him to facilitate a request to the President that election day, November 1, be declared a public holiday.

Mamabolo was speaking ahead of the registration weekend on Saturday and Sunday.

Voting stations across the country will be open to enable those wishing to participate in the upcoming Local Government Elections to register or amend their details if they have moved or changed their address.

LGE 2021 I State of readiness ahead of the voter registration weekend: Sy Mamabolo

Mamabolo says Home Affairs offices will also be open at the weekend for people to pick up outstanding identity documents that will be needed to register and vote.

“We have taken note and welcomed the decision by the Department of Home Affairs to open their offices over the weekend this will facilitate the collection of identity documents as well as the acquisition of the temporary identification certificate which can be used for the registration process.

“The commission has noted with gratitude the decision of the Minister of Basic Education to adjust the senior certificate timetable this gesture will enable young voters who are writing these examinations to participate in the elections,” says Mamabolo.

LGE 2021 I IEC says voting stations will open on Saturday and Sunday from 8AM to 5PM for registration: