Voter registration kicks off

2011-02-05 13:25

Almost 200 000 people had visited voting stations by 10am today as the first voter registration weekend kicked off ahead of the 2011 local government elections, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) said.

IEC chairperson Brigalia Bam said actual figures of how many new voters had registered would be available tomorrow but indications were that most of the interest was in the KwaZulu-Natal province.

She said five stations in Keimoes in the Northern Cape were closed due to flooding while another two had been closed in Beaufort West.

Hits on the IEC’s website increased from 16 000 last Monday to 80 000 on Monday this week, she said.

President Jacob Zuma was in the Eastern Cape today as part of the ANC’s programme to encourage people to register to vote, while Gauteng premier Nomvula Mokonyane was scheduled to visit polling stations in Randburg and Diepsloot.

ANC Gauteng chairperson Paul Mashatile conducted a door-to-door campaign in Ekurhuleni and ANC national executive committee member Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was on the West Rand to encourage potential voters to register.

Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille was visiting Atlantis in a voter registration drive and Inkatha Freedom Party
president Mangosuthu Buthelezi was leading a voter registration drive in Durban.

Meanwhile, the home affairs department today reminded those needing identity documents that their offices would be opened from 8am to 5pm today and tomorrow.

“This forms part of our commitment to ensure all South Africans have an opportunity to exercise their democratic right to vote on the date still to be determined by the IEC to elect local government representatives,” the department said in a statement. 

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