Section 5 of the Electoral Commission Act, 1996 (PDF - 183 KB) requires that we:
- compile and maintain a register of parties;
- undertake and promote research into electoral matters;
develop and promote the development of electoral expertise and technology in all spheres of government;
continuously review electoral laws and proposed electoral laws, and make recommendations;
promote voter education;
declare the results of elections for national, provincial and municipal legislative bodies within seven days; and
appoint appropriate public administrations in any sphere of government to conduct elections when necessary.