SA ready for elections - Zuma

AUGUST 2, 2016

President Jacob Zuma says South Africa is ready for the 2016 local government elections and he is confident that the country will do very well.

The President said this on Tuesday after his walkabout at the National Results Operation Centre (ROC) in Pretoria, ahead of election day tomorrow.

President Zuma, who visited the ROC as Head of State, said he appreciated the readiness of the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) to conduct elections to the end.

“I am sure the country is ready to do their best tomorrow. All that is left is for the voters to vote properly. I am looking forward to have less spoiled papers… I am very happy. These elections are quite elaborate for the fact that they are municipal elections, taking place in every corner of the country," the President said.

With over 200 political parties and over 61 000 candidates participating in the country’s fifth Municipal Elections, over 26.3-million registered South Africans will put their crosses next to the name of the individuals who will serve their communities with honesty, integrity and commitment to serve.

“I have been taken through the ROC by the commission. I have been shown very advanced infrastructure here. I think all the stakeholders are here, they have facilities… very little could go wrong. From the briefing I could say everything will go fine," President Zuma said.

President Zuma said the manner in which South Africa conducts elections is satisfying, adding that the country’s democracy is maturing. He has also urged all registered voters, especially the youth, to go out and cast their ballots across the 22 612 voting stations. -