Busiest voter registration in years
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.