South Africa: IEC reaches out to youth ahead of final voter registration weekend

The Electoral Commission of South Africa hopes to add 1 million more voters to the roll this weekend.

The Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) today said it was ready for the final voter registration weekend taking place on Saturday and Sunday, and hoped at least one million additional voters would be added to the roll.

Addressing media in Centurion, Glenn Mashinini, the IEC chairperson, said preparations were being made for the country’s 22 925 voting stations to open from 8am until 5pm over the weekend. This would allow new voters to register and also allow existing voters to update and confirm their addresses and registration details.

“The electoral commission is ready to conduct voter registration at all our voting stations throughout the country. We wish to reinforce our clarion call to every South African, particular the young people, that this coming weekend provides us with the final opportunity for us to be able to participate in the upcoming elections. This is the last window for every South African to come forward,” said Mashinini.

“We particularly wish to appeal to the young people. As much as we have been successful in that over 70 percent of eligible voters in South Africa are registered, we have demographic information that tells us that we have almost 10 million South Africans who are eligible to vote but are not registered. Almost two thirds of those people are our young people between the ages of 18 and 30.”

Chief Electoral Officer Sy Mamabolo said voting stations would be staffed by an average of three registration officials to assist voters.

“The electoral commission is hopeful that voters who are registered will use the opportunity to visit their voting stations to check their registration and specifically to confirm and update their address details. Registered voters can also do this online via the ‘click, check and confirm’ facility on the electoral commission’s website at http://www.elections.org.za,” said Mamabolo.

Voters should take their barcoded ID book, smart card ID or temporary ID certificates when they go to register. Home affairs offices would also be open countrywide to coincide with registration, meaning eligible voters would be able to collect their ID documents or to obtain a temporary ID certificate in order to register.

Registration for South Africans living abroad will take place at South African foreign missions between February 1 and 4.


Source African News Agency


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