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IEC says all is on track for elections

The Independent Electoral Commission said preparations for this year’s general elections were at an...

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It comes after the Star newspaper reported the IEC was hoping for an April poll date to give it more time.

The president was yet to announce when the elections would take place.

The IEC’s Kate Bapela said it would be ready for the elections regardless of what date President Kgalema Motlanthe decided on.

“We are at a very advanced stage in terms of preparations for elections and as soon as we get out the final weekend registrations we will be looking at the final preparations for the elections,” said Bapela.

She dismissed reports that the date of April 15 would be ideal for the IEC which followed earlier speculation that the poll could take place on March 25 .

It was expected the president could make that announcement in early February after the opening of Parliament.

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