Dear DA Abroad member,
We would like to invite you to take part in the 2019 DA Abroad Internal Elections.
Following the recent South African General Election, the DA is more determined than ever before to succeed in our mission of uniting South Africans around the principles required for a successful state: the rule of law, non-racialism, and a market-driven economy coupled with a capable state that generates opportunities for all.
In a recent Bokamoso newsletter, DA Leader, Mmusi Maimane clarified the DA’s purpose as follows: “Our objective is to occupy the centre of South Africa’s political landscape. We are not a party for the right or for the left. Nor do we aspire to represent the interests of any specific groups. Our objective is to promote the national interest. ”
He then went on to describe how we aim to achieve this. Put simply, it’s “about doing the basics right: building trust amongst South Africans through activism, branches and campaigning, and through good governance. Overall, our governments are in great shape to continue to deliver. But we are now more focused than ever to demonstrate the DA difference in government, and to create thriving market-based economies where we govern. ”
Mmusi concluded his newsletter with a rallying call to “Please join us as we shape the future of our nation”, and today we are echoing that call specifically amongst South Africans abroad, asking you to play your part in our country’s future and stand for an electable position within the DA Abroad.
Since our establishment in 2009, the DA Abroad has played an important role in engaging South Africans abroad in campaigns and initiatives that help build a positive future for our friends and family back home. We have also made great strides in increasing access to voting abroad for South Africans abroad and our fight continues!
We currently have a presence in 20 countries around the world and as our teams continue to grow, so does our influence and ability to make a difference. You can be a part of that team that brings change to South Africa!
We are excited to announce the schedule for the DA Abroad Country-level Elections for 2019, as well as the procedures for these elections. The Country-level elections will be followed by the Regional Forum Elections and finally a DA Abroad Council, which is an opportunity for us to elect the leadership of the DA Abroad Executive Committee and review our organisation’s Rules. All important to maintaining the democratic health of our organisation and its structures.
As a DA Abroad member, you are hereby invited to participate in these elections, either by voting or by making yourself available for a DA Abroad position. All DA Abroad members who were members as of 19 June 2019, will be able to vote in the first stage of these elections. Members of DA Abroad who are members at the time of the submission of nominations can make themselves available to be elected to any DA Abroad position. A link to the relevant nomination forms will be sent in a separate circular to follow.
DA Abroad 2019 Internal Election Stages
- National Organising Committee and Country Representative Elections
- Regional Forum Elections
- DA Abroad Council
National Organising Committee and Country-level Election Schedule
- 23 June 2019 – Nominations open for all country-level electable positions
- 30 June 2019, 23:59 – Nominations close
- 15 July 2019 – Elections commence (online only)
- 19 July 2019, 23:59 – Elections close
- 22 July 2019 – Election results are determined and ratified
- 23 July 2019 – AGMs are held and National Organising Committee election results announced. Country Representatives are informed of their election
- 25 July 2019 – All country level election results are published and the Regional Forum election schedule and DA Abroad Council schedule is confirmed.
For details on the procedures for Stage 1 of the DA Abroad 2019 Internal Elections please visit the following pages on our website: