For Candidates

Election Timeline

Please refer to the candidate handbook for a complete list of amendments to the Electoral Act for 2019 and information on how to become a candidate and what to expect during the election process.

Every candidate should read and understand the Electoral Act of 2016, its amendments, and the NEC regulations, in order to fully understand your rights and obligations as a candidate.

When the election date is announced the NEC will publish a full calendar of electoral dates. The following is a list of key legal dates important for candidates:

Issue of Writ – Not less than 4 weeks before Election Day

At least 5 days after issue of writ – publish the roll in the Government Gazette.

Close of roll 5 pm 21 days before polling day

Nominations commence at 9 am the day after the roll closes

Nominations close at 5pm 14 days before polling day

All mobile polling stations published on nomination day or as soon as possible after

A candidate can withdraw no later than 72 hours after the nomination period ends

Publish candidate names and polling places on the day after the close of the withdrawal period. Sec(58) 12pm 8 days before polling day

Lottery draw for positions on ballot – 24 hours after withdrawal period ends

Mobile Voting Applications close 2 days before elections

Proxy voting applications close 24 hours before polling

Polling Day – not later than 4 weeks after the Writ is issued.