Busiest voter reg­is­tra­tion in years

The New Age (Gauteng) - - FREE STATE NEWS - BECKER SEMELA beck­ers@the­newage.co.za

A TO­TAL of 237566 peo­ple vis­ited var­i­ous vot­ing sta­tions across the province last week­end, the In­de­pen­dent Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (IEC) said.

The IEC’s provin­cial op­er­a­tions man­ager, Itume­leng Liba, said peo­ple went to vot­ing sta­tions to ei­ther regis­ter as new vot­ers or to up­date their reg­is­tra­tion de­tails, mak­ing this one of the busiest voter reg­is­tra­tion week­ends in re­cent his­tory.

He said of the 237566 vot­ers who vis­ited their vot­ing sta­tions, 171 852 used the op­por­tu­nity to re-regis­ter in their cur­rent vot­ing district, 45 436 used the op­por­tu­nity to change their reg­is­tra­tion to a new vot­ing district and 20 278 were vot­ers reg­is­ter­ing for the first time.

“Of the new vot­ers reg­is­tra­tions, 16307 were un­der the age of 30,” Liba said.

He said the vot­ers roll now stands at 1450759 vot­ers which is es­ti­mated to be 82% of the el­i­gi­ble vot­ing pop­u­la­tion based on Statis­tics South Africa vot­ing age pop­u­la­tion es­ti­mates

“With the re­sults of the reg­is­tra­tion week­end fac­tored, the Free State at 82.2% is the sec­ond high­est af­ter the East­ern Cape.

The week­end also saw a large spike in on­line ac­tiv­ity with more than 50 000 regis­tered vot­ers us­ing the web­site and our app to check and up­date their ad­dress de­tails,” Liba said.

He said since the on­line fa­cil­ity was in­tro­duced last year more than 100000 vot­ers have used it to check and up­date their de­tails.

The on­line fa­cil­ity at www.elec­tions.org. za/MyIEC and app re­main avail­able 24 hours a day for regis­tered vot­ers to check and up­date their ad­dress de­tails.

“The av­er­age du­ra­tion spent on­line or on the app is just less than six min­utes.”

He said the IEC would like to ex­press its deep­est grat­i­tude to all those who as­sisted in mak­ing the week­end such a suc­cess.

He thanked the vot­ers and the po­lit­i­cal par­ties for the turnout.

“Our thanks es­pe­cially to first and fore­most, the vot­ers them­selves for turn­ing out in huge num­bers to up­date the vot­ers roll and en­sure it can form the foun­da­tion for free and fair elec­tions.

“Se­condly, to the po­lit­i­cal par­ties and their lead­ers and mem­bers who mo­bilised through­out the coun­try in the lead-up to and at the week­end it­self to en­cour­age all vot­ers to get in­volved,” Liba said.

“Also our thanks to the more than 4 500 vot­ing sta­tion staff who ran the reg­is­tra­tion process ef­fi­ciently and ef­fec­tively and fi­nally, our ap­pre­ci­a­tion to the var­i­ous state se­cu­rity and other gov­ern­ment agen­cies which as­sisted in en­sur­ing a safe and peace­ful process,” Liba said.

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