Ramaphosa says only ANC can take the country forward

With less than a week before the hotly-contested National and Provincial Elections, President Cyril Ramaphosa says only the African National Congress (ANC) can take the country forward.

The ANC has governed South Africa since the dawn of democracy in 1994. Polls and political analysts suggest that the party will lose its majority and plunge below 50%.


Speaking during a campaign trail in Orlando West, Soweto, Ramaphosa encouraged people to come out in their millions and vote on 29 May.

“We must come out and vote, we must vote for the ANC because it is only the African National Congress (ANC) that can take the country forward,” he said.


As previously reported by The South African, for the first time, in these elections there will be three ballot papers that a voter will get on voting day:

  • National Compensatory ballot -This ballot is the same across the entire country. It features political parties only, contesting for seats in the National Assembly.
  • National Regional ballot – This one is specific to your voting region and includes candidates running for the National Assembly who represent your area.
  • Provincial Legislature ballot – This ballot is also unique to one’s province and includes parties and independent candidates competing for seats in the provincial legislature.

The Commission said its decision the design of the ballot papers will be underpinned by the following identifiers:

  • Full registered name of the party
  • Registered abbreviated name of the party
  • The registered emblem or symbol of the party
  • The photograph of the registered party leader

In respect of independent candidate, the IEC said ballot papers will have;

  • The name of the independent;
  • The photograph bearing the face of the independent and
  • The word “independent”

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