South African Parliament is encouraging members of the public to cast their votes as it will be the beginning of a process of forming the 6th Democratic Parliament.
In a statement, presiding officers of Parliament, Ms Thandi Modise and Ms Bakela Mbete said these elections will mark South Africa’s sixth since the end of Apartheid in 1994.
“This year’s elections mark the time,25 years ago, when South Africans voted for the first time as equals. It is a right some people died for and one that we should not take for granted in our growing democracy,”
Presiding officers had also announced that the term of National Assembly ended yesterday and it will resume on the 22nd of May.
“The first sitting of the National Assembly is provisionally scheduled for 22 May and that of the National Council of Provinces for 23 May .These dates are subject to official announcement by the Chief Justice,”
“To ensure that there is no vacuum in government, in terms of the Constitution the current Cabinet remain competent to function until the President assumes office. The President assumes office within five days after he or she is elected by swearing or affirming faithfulness to the Republic and obedience to the Constitution,”
The President is expected to deliver the State of the Nation Address to a joint sitting of the Sixth Democratic Parliament in June.