Electoral Commission appoints Mr Sy Mamabolo as Chief Electoral Officer

The Electoral Commission is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Sy Mamabolo as Chief Electoral Officer.

Mr Mamabolo has been appointed for a five year term with effect from 1 October 2017 in line with the Electoral Commission’s policy.

The Electoral Commission is confident Mr Mamabolo’s extensive electoral management experience within the Electoral Commission as well as a multitude of international assignments, and his strong working relationship with all key stakeholders will ensure the necessary vision, leadership and continuity in meeting the objectives and mandate of the Electoral Commission. 

Mr Mamabolo’s electoral experience spans almost 20 years including serving as Deputy Chief Electoral Officer (DCEO): Electoral Operations for the past five years during which he oversaw operations for the 2014 National and Provincial Elections and the 2016 Municipal Elections.  

Prior to this he served as Provincial Electoral Officer for Gauteng where he oversaw three general elections. Mr Mamabolo has been Acting Chief Electoral Officer since the conclusion of the contract of the previous CEO in April this year.

He holds a Master’s degree in Local Government Management from the University of the Witwatersrand.

In his previous roles in the Electoral Commission, Mr Mamabolo has had extensive interaction and engagement with various key stakeholders including chairing the National Political Party Liaison Committee, representing the Electoral Commission on various election structures including state security committees, and engaging with public sector institutions, government departments, international organisations, civil society groups and the media.

The Electoral Commission wishes Mr Mamabolo all the best and looks forward to working closely with him to deliver free, fair and credible world-class elections to South Africa and calls on all stakeholders to give Mr Mamabolo the support he deserves as he takes on this awesome responsibility of national importance. 


Ensuring free and fair elections


11 October 2017

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