To give all eligible South Africans the opportunity to vote in the local elections on 3 August 2016, the day has been declared a public holiday. All citizens who can vote are encouraged to visit polling stations and exercise their democratic right.The day of the upcoming local elections, 3 August, has been declared a public holiday. (Image: IEC, Twitter)Brand South Africa reporterThe date of the 2016 local government elections, 3 August 2016, has been declared a public holiday.This would enable all South Africans who are eligible to vote to exercise their right on the day, President Jacob Zuma said on Friday.President Zuma declares 3 August 2016 a public holiday https://t.co/eq0oTfJcES— PresidencyZA (@PresidencyZA) June 24, 2016“Voting is a fundamental right enshrined in our Constitution,” he said. “It is important that citizens are granted an opportunity to exercise this right freely. This is particularly so when they elect this sphere of government that is closest to them.”All eligible voters are encourage to go out to vote on 3 August 2016.This year marks 16 years of democratic local government in South Africa.Source: South African Government News AgencyWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.