IEC publishes election timetable ahead of 2024 polls

IEC publishes election timetable ahead of 2024 polls

The Independent Electoral Commission has published the election timetable for the 2024 general elections.

Marius van der Walt

South Africans will go to the polls on 29 May.

The timetable outlines all the key cut-off times and dates for performing electoral activities.

The elections are expected to be the most fiercely contested since the advent of democracy.

Voters will have three ballot papers for the first time due to the participation of independent candidates.

The number of registered South Africans at home and abroad now sits at 27.6 million.

The IEC will publish the final lists of candidates on 10 April, and thereafter certificates of candidature will be issued to certified candidates on 12 April.

Briefing the media in Pretoria on Monday, Chief Electoral Officer Sy Mamabolo said the deadline for party and independent candidates to submit nominations is 8 March.

"All independent candidates and political parties who intend to contest this general election must submit nomination requirements by 17:00 on 8 March.

"The Electoral Commission will, after verifying the submitted nomination documents, issue notices on non-compliance where such are warranted. 

"These notices will be issued on 18 March, and those issued with such notices must rectify non-compliance by 20 March.

"As it pertains to contestants, the timetable is equally crucial in that it contains key dates

to be complied with relating to the nomination of candidates and the payment of prescribed deposits."

The IEC has since published its provisional voter's roll at offices from Monday.

Submissions for objections are now open for the inclusion or exclusion of a voter on the voters’ roll and will close on 4 March for investigation by the IEC by 11 March.


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