2019 elections: will South Africa be ready?


Next year’s election promises to be one of the most significant since 1994. Opinion polls suggest the African National Congress (ANC) is regaining some support, while the Democratic Alliance (DA) may be losing voters and the Economic Freedom Fighters’ (EFF) position remains unchanged.

A successful election with a credible outcome depends on how prepared the Electoral Commission is, and on conditions on the ground. How far has registration progressed? Can people without formal residential addresses vote? What will the turn-out among youth be like? How will security concerns be handled? Will new legislation on party funding affect campaigning and what about the use of state resources in campaigning?  

This seminar is hosted in partnership with the Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office.

Chair: Ottilia Anna Maunganidze, Head, Special Projects, ISS 


Dr Nomsa Masuku, Deputy Chief Electoral Officer, Electoral Commission of South Africa

Dr Jakkie Cilliers, Head, African Futures and Innovation, ISS

Janine Ogle, National Co-ordinator, My Vote Counts

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