South Africa likely to hold elections in May next year

Wednesday, 2018-11-07 22:43:53
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South-Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa (R) and Police minister Bheki Cele inspect an honour guard of South African Police Services (SAPS) members, as they came to attend the launch of the new SAPS Anti Gang Unit on November 2, 2018 in the Cape Town gang-ridden suburb of Hanover Park. (Photo: AFP)
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South Africa will hold parliamentary elections sometime between May 7 and August 5 next year, the electoral commission said on November 7, raising the likelihood of a vote in May which is the preference of President Cyril Ramaphosa.

The commission briefed the media on its preparations and set out timelines for a vote that will elect a new national assembly and determine the next president.

Ramaphosa, who has the final say on the election date, has previously said he would like a vote before the end of May.