Durban - KwaZulu-Natal IEC chairperson Mawethu Mosery announced on Tuesday that voting times in the August 3 local government elections had been changed.
Speaking during a roundtable discussion on the prospects for peaceful elections in KwaZulu-Natal on Tuesday at the Diakonia Council of Churches, Mosery said voting stations would be open from 07:00 until 19:00.
"This is important because during the last elections we closed at 21:00."
He said the Electoral Commission of SA was confident that most, if not all South Africans, would have voted by 19:00.
"We have done research over the past four elections on the voter turnout trends and the time and how many people vote by which time, and the previous election indicated that most people voted between 10:00 and 14:00. That is the peak of the voter turnout.
"Between 14:00 and 21:00 in the province, we saw less than 300 000 voters coming in to vote. So we are confident that by [closing at] 19:00, we are not going to disenfranchise anyone."
Mosert said the IEC was expecting a proclamation this week that August 3 would be a public holiday.
He said the day [Wednesday] was chosen to accommodate various religions.
"Various religious groups use Friday, others use Saturday and others a Sunday to congregate," he said, adding that KwaZulu-Natal was ready to host free and fair elections.
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