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15. May 2014

GOVERNMENT CALLS FOR UNITY TO MOVE SA FORWARD

South Africans on Wednesday, 7 May, participated in the fifth democratic elections, which took place as the country celebrates 20 years of freedom.

Government has commended all South Africans for making the 2014 national and provincial elections a success.

“The sight of millions of South Africans queuing to vote demonstrated a vibrant and maturing democracy.

“The elections have served to renew and strengthen our democracy. We are pleased by the great turnout, in particular first-time voters. Statistics from the IEC show that more people than ever before have chosen to exercise their right to vote,” said Acting Government Communication and Information System CEO, Phumla Williams.

The remarkable turnout of young voters bodes well for the South African democracy, said Williams. Government applauded all the political parties for the spirit of national unity that prevailed during the elections.

“The elections were hard fought and contested with remarkable political maturity and tolerance and now that the divisive political battles have come to an end, government calls on all South Africans to unite behind a common goal of moving the country forward in line with Vision 2030, as mapped out in the National Development Plan,” Williams said. – SAnews.gov.za

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