The 2014 South African general election will be held on the 7th of May 2014 to elect a new National Assembly, celebrating the first time that the born-free generation will vote.
20 Years of Freedom
South Africa celebrates 20 years of freedom with the fifth election held under conditions of universal adult suffrage since the end of the apartheid era in 1994. In 1994 thousands of South Africans flocked to the voting boots to vote for the first time and today we have the opportunity to once again make our choice for a better South Africa.
Born-free generation voting for the first time
South Africans born in democratic 1994 will vote for the first time, making this year’s general election a special milestone and paying tribute to late president Nelson Mandela’s legacy.
The election in the digital era
South Africa has also made allowances for their residents overseas to vote in foreign countries. This election residents can vote in regulated voting booths on the 30th of April to ensure that everyone gets to voice their opinion for a democratic South Africa.
The South African Election and the world
BBC World News launches its South African election coverage with instant messaging trial and TV debate special in early May 2014.
The debate, ‘South Africa decides: Is democracy delivering?’, will be presented by Lerato Mbele and Audrey Brown and broadcast on BBC World News TV on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 May and BBC World Service radio from Friday 2 May.
Mxit opens up election comments
For the first time the BBC will also be taking to instant messaging platform Mxit, to hear what voters across South Africa think as they go to the polls, including a generation of young people born into a country free of racial segregation, who will be voting for the first time.