The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) in Limpopo says that it is prepared to oversee what is anticipated to be the most significant elections to date. The Chapter Nine institution officially launched the 2024 provincial and national elections in Polokwane.
The IEC in Limpopo aims to focus on intensified voter education initiatives and encouraging first-time voters and the youth to register.
The Electoral Operations Manager, Itumeleng Seanego revealed that IEC in Limpopo plans to utilize over 3,200 voting stations, marking a significant increase of more than 100 stations compared to the 2021 local government election.
With independent candidates entering the electoral arena for the first time, the IEC is prepared to print the longest ballot papers to date.
Nkaro Mateta, the IEC Limpopo provincial electoral officer, expressed confidence in addressing any potential challenges posed by the longer ballot paper.
Mateta assured voters that comprehensive information would be provided to ensure a smooth voting process.
“We are really proud that we will also be celebrating 30 years of our democracy, so next year will just be another 1994. I can assure you that here in Limpopo, we look forward to 2024, where we will be celebrating 30 years of our democracy,” said Mateta.
IEC chairperson Mosotho Moepya urged young people who are eligible to vote to go out in their numbers and register to vote.
This upcoming election will be the 7th democratic election in South Africa since 1994 and will mark 30 years of democracy.