Voter registration underway

By Drum Digital
08 February 2014

Residents were trickling in to registration centres in Mamelodi, east of Pretoria, on Saturday to check their details in the final voter registration weekend.

Residents were trickling in to registration centres in Mamelodi, east of Pretoria, on Saturday to check their details in the final voter registration weekend.

At 09.30, two men were being assisted by four Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) officials at a registration centre in Shabangu Avenue.

The officials were camped under a tree near a row of hostels.

At Rethabile Hall, in Mamelodi East, three IEC officials were assisting a man to register his details.

Eligible South Africans still have a chance to register at their voting stations in the final registration drive this weekend.

The IEC aimed to get 80% of the voting population on its voters roll before the general elections.

Target

The IEC said on Thursday that just over 24.1 million South Africans had registered to vote.

"This is 76.7% of the estimated voting age population which, according to Statistics SA, is 31.4 million," spokeswoman Kate Bapela said in a statement.

"This includes just over one million new voters who were added to the voters roll during the previous registration weekend held in November."

To reach the target, another 1.1 million people needed to register.

Bapela said 22 263 voting stations throughout the country would be open on Saturday and Sunday from 08:00 to 17:00.

On Friday, the IEC said eligible voters had until the official proclamation of the election date to register. The date of the official proclamation still had to be announced.

After the weekend, voters would have to go to one of the IEC's regional offices to register.

President Jacob Zuma announced that the fifth national general elections would be held on 7 May.

- SAPA

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