Voter regis­tra­tion to take place in March 2018

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the In­de­pen­dent Elec­toral Com­mis­sion of South Africa (IEC) has an­nounced the first 2019 elec­tions’ vot­ers regis­tra­tion week­end and has urged el­i­gi­ble vot­ers across the coun­try to visit their vot­ing sta­tion to ei­ther up­date their de­tails on the vot­ers’ roll or to regis­ter to vote.

The com­mis­sion’s Chief Elec­toral Of­fi­cer Sy Mam­abolo said all 22 612 vot­ing sta­tions will open on the week­end of 10 and 11 March 2018, from 8am to 5pm, to make it easy and con­ve­nient for vot­ers to up­date their regis­tra­tion de­tails or regis­ter.

If you have moved to a new area since you last reg­is­tered to vote, you have to re-regis­ter in your new vot­ing district.

South Africa cit­i­zens aged 16 and over and in pos­ses­sion of an of­fi­cial iden­tity doc­u­ment or card can regis­ter to vote. If you are not reg­is­tered, you will not be al­lowed to cast your vote in 2019.

Reg­is­tered vot­ers, whose ad­dress de­tails are not on the vot­ers’ roll, can pro­vide the re­quired in­for­ma­tion at their vot­ing sta­tion dur­ing regis­tra­tion.

“We need vot­ers to show up and make use of the op­por­tu­nity,” said Mam­abolo.

“The IEC still does not have ad­dresses for about 2.8 mil­lion vot­ers. We have a fur­ther 3.5 mil­lion ad­dresses that are clas­si­fied as ‘in­com­plete’ or ‘generic’. This cat­e­gory re­quires fur­ther anal­y­sis to as­cer­tain whether there are any other de­tails avail­able,” he added.

The com­mis­sion sourced ad­dresses us­ing dif­fer­ent ini­tia­tives, in­clud­ing re­view­ing records, files and archives to check and cap­ture ad­dresses pro­vided by vot­ers over the past 20 years; col­lect­ing ad­dresses dur­ing the 2016 mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions; and un­der­tak­ing field work ahead of regis­tra­tion week­ends for the by-elec­tions.

Where nec­es­sary, vot­ers found to be reg­is­tered in the in­cor­rect vot­ing dis­tricts were moved, as pro­vided for by Sec­tion 12 (1)(d) of the Elec­toral Act.

“We have re­ceived and used, where pos­si­ble, ad­dress data from other state sources such as Statis­tics South Africa, the South African So­cial Se­cu­rity Agency, Telkom, the South African Post Of­fice and the De­part­ment of Home Af­fairs,” he said.

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