Media release

Government encourages South Africans to vote

05 May 2014

5 May 2014

Government reiterates its call to all South Africans to participate in the 2014 elections on Wednesday May 7.

In the spirit of the year-long celebration of 20 Years of Freedom, government joins the nation in anticipating a peaceful day of voting countrywide.

To help ensure this happens, Ministers in the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security Cluster have visited various parts of the country in the last two weeks  to determine the state of readiness of the various security structures on the ground.

During these visits, Ministers interacted with the security structures on the ground, met with community leaders and interacted directly with communities.  They have assured the nation that  voting will take place in a safe environment.

Wednesday, 7 May 2014, has been declared a public holiday to allow citizens to cast their votes at their respective polling stations.  

Government calls on businesses that open on holidays to allow their employees to exercise their democratic to vote.

Acting GCIS CEO, Phumla Williams said, “This is an important and exciting time for South Africans, especially those who have registered to vote for the first time.  It is another opportunity for South African voters to determine the future of this country. Twenty years into this democracy, South Africa is now a better place to live in.  The 2014 elections take place in a country that has made great strides in changing the lives of South Africans.

"Many people have died to achieve this democratic freedom. We owe it to them to come out in our numbers to vote on Wednesday.

"All voting stations will be open from 7am to 9pm.    We can only build our country for the better by exercising our democratic right on Wednesday."

Phumla Williams
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Issued by Government Communication and Information System

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