7 May 2014
All voting stations are now closed and voting has ended in South Africa’s fifth democratic elections. Government is satisfied that the 2014 General Elections were peaceful and took place in an atmosphere of political tolerance.
Government prioritised the safety and security of the elections and is satisfied that the security of the elections was well managed and coordinated through the National Joints Operational and Intelligence Structure (NATJOINTS).
Security forces have been on high alert throughout the elections period and to date, 97 individuals have been arrested by law enforcement officials for election-related offences and 131 cases have been registered.
We are pleased by the great turnout of voters, in particular first time voters. Government commends young voters for their commitment to our democracy and the enthusiastic manner in which they participated in their first elections.
We appreciate the patience of South Africans who conducted themselves in a dignified manner as they waited to cast their vote.
Government is saddened that four of our countrymen are reported to have passed away on elections day. Two people died while waiting to cast their vote, while two party agents were involved in a fatal car accident. We wish to convey our deepest sympathy and condolences to their families and loved ones.
Government wishes to commend all South Africans for the part they have played in making our elections a resounding success. Today’s successful election is indeed a testament to the country’s active citizenry which is crucial for any vibrant democracy.
The nation’s fifth democratic elections have undoubtedly added to our legacy of regular and peaceful elections. The values of freedom, inclusivity and respect for human rights as entrenched in the Constitution, lives on in each and every one of us. Today the voices of millions of patriots reverberated across the nation.
Acting GCIS CEO, Phumla Williams said, “Government is heartened that South Africans chose to honour our history and strengthened the legitimacy of our democracy by voting.”
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