Media release

Government urges South Africans to vote

07 May 2014

7 May 2014

Government calls on all South Africans, especially young and first-time voters, to exercise their democratic right to vote.

Today, 7 May 2014 is a public holiday and government appeals to employers to allow employees time off so that they can exercise their democratic right to vote. 

With elections day being a public holiday, this is an opportunity for voters to visit voting stations throughout the day without creating bottlenecks in the evening. Government urges all South Africans not to leave voting to the last minute.

Several security measures have been put in place to ensure safe and peaceful elections. Government will not allow individuals or groups to disrupt the nation’s fifth democratic elections. We call on all to respect the right to vote and warn those who aim to disrupt the elections or intimidate voters that they will face the full might of the law.

All Home Affairs offices will be open today from 07h00 - 21h00, to assist citizens with the necessary documents for voting. Voters can call a toll-free number 0800 6011 90 for more information.

For more information visit

Phumla Williams
Cell: 083 501 0139

Issued by: Government Communication and Information System (GCIS)

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