Last chance to reg­is­ter to vote

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SOUTH AFRICANS must ex­er­cise their con­sti­tu­tional right and vote for the party of their choice.

Voter reg­is­tra­tion week­end is set to take place on Satur­day, 26 and Sun­day, 27 Jan­uary next year.

The Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (IEC) chair­per­son, Glen Mashinini says all 22 932 vot­ing sta­tions will open from 08:00 to 17:00 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 IEC hopes to add at least one mil­lion new vot­ers to the vot­ers’ roll ahead of the 2019 elec­tions.

Be­side the voter reg­is­tra­tion week­end el­i­gi­ble vot­ers can also reg­is­ter to vote and up­date their de­tails on the voter's roll at the IEC of­fices in their lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

Mashinini said the voter reg­is­tra­tion drive will also be con­ducted at cor­rec­tional cen­tres through­out the coun­try to al­low in­mates 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.

“Fam­ily 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.

Voter reg­is­tra­tion

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.

Here’s what you need to know:

• All South African ci­ti­zens aged 16 and older who are 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 must 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 re­side.

• When reg­is­ter­ing, vot­ers will have 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.

The Elec­toral Com­mis­sion con­tact cen­tre will also be ac­ti­vated ahead of the na­tional reg­is­tra­tion week­end and will be op­er­a­tional un­til af­ter the reg­is­tra­tion week­end to as­sist ci­ti­zens to reg­is­ter and vote.

Mashinini ap­pealed to all stake­hold­ers, in­clud­ing po­lit­i­cal par­ties, govern­ment de­part­ments and en­ti­ties, me­dia and civil so­ci­ety or­gan­i­sa­tions to sup­port the reg­is­tra­tion drive and en­cour­age voter reg­is­tra­tion ahead of elec­tions. SAnews

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