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As voting continues, Parliament has reminded eligible voters that the right to vote is an important political right enshrined in the Bill of Rights.

“It is a key component of our democratic society as it allows citizens to participate in the political process and have a say in who governs them,” acting Speaker of the National Assembly, Lechesa Tsenoli and National Council of Provinces (NCOP) Chairperson, Amos Masondo said.

Voting in the 2024 National and Provincial Elections started at 7am and is expected to close at 9pm.

The Presiding Officers encouraged South Africans who are eligible to vote, to cast their votes in the 2024 National and Provincial Elections, noting this year’s elections comes as South Africa celebrates 30 years of democracy and a democratic Parliament.

“Over the last 30 years, Parliament has repealed apartheid laws and passed progressive laws to improve the lives of all South Africans. We encourage all registered voters to exercise their right to vote, as it is crucial for shaping the future of our nation. 

“By participating in the electoral process, you ensure that our democracy continues to evolve and address the needs and aspirations of all citizens. Your vote is your voice—use it to secure a brighter future for yourself and generations to come. Your vote is your only opportunity to choose who will represent you. Do not let others decide your future for you. Be part of the decision,” the Presiding Officers said.

As the legislative authority of a democratic republic, the Presiding Officers said Parliament must ensure a government by the people, under the Constitution. 

Tsenoli and Masondo added that preparations are well underway to seamlessly integrate newly elected members, ensuring a smooth transition to the seventh parliamentary term.

Meanwhile, government has commended the inspiring smooth start to Wednesday’s 2024 National and Provincial Elections.

READ | Government commends smooth start to elections

Earlier in the day, the Electoral Commission said that the elections got off to a steady start with 93% of voting stations reported to have opened at 7am on Wednesday. –

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