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Government Communications on conclusion of 2024 elections

30 May 2024

2024 elections conclude on a peaceful note

Government thanks the millions of South Africans who successfully went out in their numbers to make their voices heard in the seventh democratic national and provincial elections by casting their votes. This is a clear sign that South Africa has successfully concluded another milestone in its democratic journey with an election characterised by a high voter turnout which affirms that citizens were exercising their fundamental Constitutional responsibility of voting. This elections, characterised by a visibly high level of participation, coinciding as it does with the celebrations of 30 years of freedom and democracy, affirmed the fundamental constitutional responsibility of voting as a true symbol representing the voice of our nation.

The unwavering commitment, dedication and professionalism of various stakeholders and role players was instrumental in ensuring that we hold successful elections.  The conduct of the electorate during this process has been exemplary as a testament to the founding principles of the country’s democracy and is a reflection of a nation hallmarked and acknowledged globally by a regular, credible electoral process since 1994. This active participation of citizens is indeed a cornerstone of our democratic process and will go a long way in building a vibrant and representative nation.

“Particularly noteworthy is how first time voters clearly came out in their numbers to affirm their right to vote and in so doing their commitment to a democratic and free country, a country which knows its freedom came at a high price.  The youth of South Africa  have confirmed their commitment to shaping our nation’s future in this elections and their engagement in the electoral process is a testament to their adherence to constitutional values and we salute you all”, said Nomonde Mnukwa, Acting Director-General of the GCIS.

Law enforcement agencies working through the NATJOINTS have been crucial in ensuring that we have safe and peaceful elections underpinned by law and order throughout the elections period. This ensured that all citizens exercise their democratic right to campaign and cast their vote freely and without fear. The security measures, most notably in identified hotspot areas, contributed to elections that were peaceful and safe.  Where incidents were reported, these were swiftly addressed not only by law enforcement and officials of the IEC.

The voting process by the IEC across all correctional facilities concluded without significant issues. This is an important milestone for a democratic country, ensuring that eligible voters, including the incarcerated, participate in the electoral process. The synergy amongst correctional officials in preparing inmates and ushering them to the voting stations made it possible for the IEC to guarantee a seamless and secure voting experience for inmates.

The Department of Home Affairs also ensured that all South Africans had identification documents for the purpose of casting their votes with extended operating hours and issuing of temporary ID documents to enable the public to have the necessary documents that enabled them to vote.

Since the dawn of democracy, South Africa’s general elections have been viewed as free and fair by both domestic and international observers, and this serves as encouragement for the country to continue to uphold the integrity of the electoral processes. Government acknowledges the invaluable contributions of community leaders, elections officials, volunteers, and all who played various roles in facilitating successful elections.  Working together, the teams were instrumental in ensuring voter education and accessibility for all eligible voters. All sectors of society are commended for making it possible for the elections to be held in such a peaceful, nonviolent, and safe manner.

The election was also marked by a record number of political parties as well as Independent candidates for the first time, which is a reflection of our maturing multiparty democracy. The cooperation by all political parties is a demonstration of the collective spirit of ensuring that all citizens exercise their democratic right to vote.

The role of the various communication channels and platforms, as well as national and international media in ensuring  comprehensive coverage of our elections confirms the crucial role of media in strengthening democracy and civic education.  Throughout this elections period, the media played a critical role in reflecting on our advances, challenges and our developmental journey since 1994.

Government would also like to thank the various partners from state entities but also various agencies, civil society and the non-government sector, as well as our media, who have played an assertive role during the elections period, to curb disinformation and misinformation thus contributing to the integrity of information circulated during the electoral process.

“As the counting process unfolds, the public is urged to refrain from sharing information in the form of pictures and videos that seek to declare elections results or incite violence pertaining to elections results. Elections results will be announced officially by the IEC as the body that is legally mandated to announce elections results”, added Mnukwa, the Acting Director-General of GCIS.

We want to reiterate that there will be no vacuum as we journey to the establishment of the 7th democratic administration and as such whilst the country awaits the outcomes of the 2024 national and provincial elections, government will continue to execute its Constitutional mandate of providing services to all South Africans.

Ms Nomonde Mnukwa, Acting Director General of GCIS
Cell: 083 210 6776

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