2019 South African general election: Analysis and News

'If election of president is contested, then we will move to a secret ballot'

South Africans took to the polls to cast their ballots for the national and provincial votes on Wednesday.

To discuss how the sixth Parliament will be set up, 702's Bongani Bingwa, broadcasting live at the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) results centre, speaks to National Assembly secretary Masibulele Xaso.

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The next step is that there must be a designation of members, in other words, we need to put names to seats and that will be handed over to the chief justice, and it must happen within two days after the declaration of results.

Masibulele Xaso, Secretary - National Assembly

The chief justice will then hand over the results to Parliament and provincial legislatures because constitutionally he is the one who calls the first sitting.

Masibulele Xaso, Secretary - National Assembly

He says at the first sitting of Parliament, the swearing-in of members will take place. Then after the swearing-in, the House is competent to appoint its office bearers.

We then proceed to the election of the speaker, which is the first item after swearing-in and it is presided over by the chief justice. Once the speaker is elected, we proceed to elect the deputy speaker.

Masibulele Xaso, Secretary - National Assembly

He says once everything is done and all members are elected, the election of the president will follow.

If there is no contestation, the process takes five minutes to conclude, however, If the election of the president is contested, then we will move to a secret ballot.

Masibulele Xaso, Secretary - National Assembly

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