South African Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Des van Rooyen says he will gazette on Monday the date for the country's 2016 local government elections.

This proclamacation will allow for the commencement of the electoral processes under the election timetable. As part of the preparations towards the successful local government polls, the government and the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) must consult continuously.

Part of the consultation was on the date of the elections, which has already been announced by President Jacob Zuma as Aug 3, 2016.

There have been further consultations on the need to proclaim the date of the local government elections to enable the IEC to prepare to hold the polls in a timely manner, the Ministry of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs said in a statement on Saturday.

Based on these consultations with the IEC, the Minister will gazette and proclaim the date of the elections on Monday. With the proclamation, the Voters' Roll will close on Monday at 5 pm and the IEC will subsequently announce plans to allow all those who wish to register and provide their addresses or sufficient particularities to do so before 5 pm on Monday.

"We call on all South Africans who have not yet registered and provided their addresses or sufficient particularities, to do so before 5 pm on Monday, 23 May 2016 at the IEC offices in their local municipalities," said van Rooyen.

Source: Nam News network