Focus now on Election 2019
WITH the final voter registration weekend set to take place later this month, ahead of the 2019 general elections, the DA in the Northern Cape yesterday launched its registration posters in Kimberley.
The final voter registration weekend will take place on January 26 and 27 2019 at voting stations across South Africa. A date is yet to be set for the elections, but it will most likely take place in May.
Electoral Commission (IEC) chairperson, Glen Mashinini, previously indicated that President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to announce the exact date in due course.
In terms of the Constitution, the terms of the current National Assembly and provincial legislatures end on May 6 2019 and elections must be held within 90 days thereafter.
Mashinini said a voter registration weekend would be held on Saturday, January 26 and Sunday, January 27.
Mashinini said all the country’s 22 932 voting stations would open from 8am to 5pm on the voter registration weekend.
“This is to allow new voters to register and existing voters to update and check their registration details.”
Mashinini said there are currently 26.1 million registered voters on the national common voters’ roll.
The commission chair hoped that at least one million new voters would be added to the voters’ roll ahead of the 2019 elections.
Mashinini said the voter registration will also be conducted in January in correctional centres around the country to allow prisoners to exercise their right to vote.
“For voting purposes, prisoners are regarded as being registered to vote in the voting district in which their prison is located.
“Families members of those who are incarcerated in correctional facilities are requested to deliver their identity documents to them ahead of this registration drive,” Mashinini said.
The IEC is hopeful that voters, who are already registered, will use the opportunity to visit their voting station to check their registration and specifically to confirm and update their address details.
“All South Africa citizens aged 16 and older in possession of an official ID document can register as voters (although only those who are at least 18 years old on voting day may vote).
“Voters should take a copy of their bar-coded ID book, smart card ID or temporary ID certificate when they go to register in the voting district in which they ordinarily reside.
“When registering, voters will need to provide their address or a description of where they live to allow the Electoral Commission to place them on the correct segment of the voters’ roll. Proof of address is not required,” Mashinini said.
According to Mashinini, a registration weekend is also being planned for voters living abroad at South Africa’s 120 High Commissions, embassies and consulates.
“The Electoral Commission will announce dates once final arrangements have been concluded with the Department of International Relations and Cooperation,” Mashinini said.
The overseas registration weekend is likely to take place just before or after the South Africa weekend.
Meanwhile, the DA in the Northern Cape yesterday revealed the party’s registration posters in Galeshewe, Kimberley.
DA provincial leader, Andrew Louw, who was seen putting up posters, called on residents in the Province to ensure that they are registered to vote in the upcoming elections.
“We especially encourage the young voters, who have not yet cast their votes before, to ensure that they are registered. We also remind voters who moved to check that the IEC has their correct details. Voting is an important aspect of our democracy in action and it is one we cannot take for granted.
“We vote government into power and we can vote government out of power too. During my recent Listening Tour in the Province, I saw first hand how tired our people are of unemployment, poverty and poor service delivery. I saw how hungry our people are for change.
“But for that change to happen, we need to vote. And to be able to vote, we first have to be registered to vote,” Louw said.