Pretoria - Judge Jeremiah Buti Zwelibanzi Shongwe has been appointed chairman of the Electoral Court, the presidency said on Friday.

“President Jacob Zuma has, in terms of section 19(1)(a) read with section 19(2) of the Electoral Commission Act, 1996, appointed the Honourable Mr Justice Jeremiah Buti Zwelibanzi Shongwe as Chairperson of the Electoral Court,” spokesman Mac Maharaj said in a statement.

“The appointment is for a period of five years, with effect from May 1 2014.

Zuma said: “We wish Justice Shongwe all of the best in the execution of this important judicial task.”

Shongwe is a Supreme Court of Appeal judge at the moment.

Sapa