Bay wards all set for voter regis­tra­tion week­end

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - NEWS - No­maz­ima Nkosi nkosino@ti­soblack­

IT is all sys­tems go for voter regis­tra­tion week­end in Nel­son Man­dela Bay.

This is ac­cord­ing to the Elec­toral Com­mis­sion’s Crosby Bacela, who said that all 254 vot­ing sta­tions across the metro’s 60 wards were se­cured and ready to take on new vot­ers.

“This is an ef­fort by the IEC fol­low­ing the 2016 con­sti­tu­tional court de­ci­sion en­cour- ag­ing us to have ad­dresses on the vot­ers’ roll. By June this year, we have to re­port back to the courts to show our progress,” Bacela said.

This is in prepa­ra­tion for next year’s gen­eral elec­tions.

The regis­tra­tion week­end al­lows reg­is­tered vot­ers whose ad­dresses are not on the vot­ers’ roll to pro­vide the in­for­ma­tion, and as­sists new vot­ers to regis­ter, and those who have re­cently moved to rereg­is­ter in their cor­rect vot­ing dis­tricts.

Chief elec­toral of­fi­cer Sy Mam­abolo re­vealed that de­spite its best ef­forts to col­lect the ad­dresses of vot­ers, the Elec­toral Com­mis­sion did not have ad­dresses for 2.8 mil­lion vot­ers.

“The vot­ers’ roll is a fun­da­men­tal safe­guard for free and fair elec­tions.

“It is an in­stru­ment for fa­cil­i­tat­ing elec­toral par­tic­i­pa­tion, which is placed at the dis­posal of po­lit­i­cal par­ties for cam­paign pur­poses,” Mam­abolo said.

Mak­ing sure peo­ple come out and regis­ter, DA leader Mmusi Maimane will be in the Bay to­mor­row.

Maimane will kick-start the day at Zanokhanyo Ed­u­care Cen­tre, in KwaDwesi, then head to the City Hall to as­sist a first-time voter, be­fore end­ing his trip at the Chatty Com­mu­nity Hall.

Maimane will be ac­com­pa­nied by mayor Athol Trol­lip and DA pro­vin­cial leader Nqaba Bhanga.

EFF coun­cil­lor Zilindile Vena said their pres­ence would be felt across the metro as party agents would be present at all vot­ing sta­tions mak­ing sure that peo­ple were reg­is­tered.

The ANC could not con­firm its plans.

To regis­ter, vot­ers must bring ei­ther their green-coded ID book, a smart ID card or a TIC (tem­po­rary is­suance cer­tifi­cate).

Vot­ing sta­tions are open from 8am to 5pm.

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