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President Ramaphosa: Every single vote counts


Oct 31, 2021

President Cyril Ramaphosa urged South Africans to vote on Monday, saying citizens can make local government stronger through their vote.


“I call on each and every South African who is registered to vote to go out tomorrow and vote for the candidate and the party of your choice.

“Your vote counts. Every single vote counts. With your vote, you are building a better South Africa.

“A South Africa with strong, well-run and effective municipalities that can improve the lives of every citizen.”

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He said local government elections are about the issues that matter most to all South Africans: such as housing, electricity, water, sanitation, and decent roads.

[Watch] President @CyrilRamaphosa calls on each and every South African who is registered to vote to go out tomorrow, 01 November 2021 and vote for the candidate and the party of your choice.
Your vote counts. Every single vote counts. #LGE2021 pic.twitter.com/KkCpnPMtLY

— South African Government (@GovernmentZA) October 31, 2021

“We all want to get better services. We all want to have decent, sustainable work. We all want to see our businesses grow and for our communities to thrive.”

Ramaphosa added that this could only happen if the local government is strong.

“With your vote, you are exercising your constitutional responsibility as a citizen to build our democracy.”

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Remember to visit the voting station in the ward where you are registered and to take your ID with you.

Voting is open from 7 am to 9 pm.


Wear a mask when you register and vote, as per lockdown regulations for all persons in public places. If you don’t have a mask or face cover, the election officials will refuse you entry to the voting station and you will not be able to register, or update your address, or vote.Keep a distance of 1.5 m from fellow voters, election officials, party agents and observers at all times while at your voting station.Wait your turn before entering the voting station as only a limited number of people may be gathered inside the venue at the same time.Liquid sanitiser will be sprayed on your hands by an election official before you enter and leave the voting station.We care for the safety of our election officials. They will be provided with masks and face shields to wear in line with government regulations.Bring your own pen for filling in forms and marking ballots at the voting station.In any event, election officials will be sanitising all pens at the voting station after each use.When inking your thumbnail, election officials will check that it is drybefore applying the ink, and will ask you to wait a moment before you move on to ensure that the ink has dried before your hands are sanitised on departing the voting station.All voting station surfaces will be wiped with 70% alcohol disinfectant before and after use.Say if it’s not okay. Politely speak up if people are too close to you, or if anyone’s behavior makes you feel uncomfortable. Keep yourself and others safe.

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