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Party bigwigs to hit the streets on voter registration weekend

2016-03-04 11:39

Cape Town – Political parties are set to deploy their top brass this weekend in a bid to get South Africans excited about registering to vote.

African National Congress, Democratic Alliance, and Congress of the People leaders will visit registration centres across the country.

Voter registration starts on Saturday and ends on Sunday.

ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa was expected to go on door-to-door visits in Limpopo, visit churches and have lunch with traditional leaders.

Spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said the visit formed part of the ANC's campaign to mobilise South Africans to register to vote in the local government elections later this year. 

DA leader Mmusi Maimane would register to vote in Roodepoort on Saturday and join the party’s Nelson Mandela Bay mayoral candidate Athol Trollip on Sunday.

Maimane called for unregistered South Africans to register "for change".

Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota would be in Manamakgoteng, Rustenburg, on Saturday. On Sunday, he would visit Mamelodi and Hammanskraal.

Cope MP Willy Madisha would be in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, on both days. Party spokesperson Dennis Bloem said it was worrying that millions of eligible voters were unregistered.

He called on political parties, civil society, faith-based organisations, and universities to encourage the youth to register.

The Independent Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) said on Thursday that at least nine million South Africans who were eligible to vote were not registered. Almost one in three of those not registered lived in Gauteng.

The IEC hoped that at least a million of them would register over the weekend, CEO Mosotho Moepya said.

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