Cape Town – The number of voters on the roll has increased by 42.5% since the first municipal elections using a voter’s roll, the Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) has said.
The 2016 voter’s roll was certified by chief electoral officer Mosotho Moepya on Thursday, with over 26.3 million voters to cast their ballots on August 3.
The voter's roll had to be certified by June 2, for it to be published for inspection by Friday.
The number of registered voters has increased by 11.3% since the last municipal elections in 2011, IEC spokesperson Kate Bapela said.
This means over 2.6 million more voters will head to the polls in August.
Bapela said there were also 943 203 more voters than in the national and provincial elections in 2014.
There were 14.47 million women and 11.87 million men on the roll.
Gauteng had the highest number of voters with 6.2 million, she said.
This was followed by KwaZulu-Natal with 5.4 million, Eastern Cape with 3.3 million and the Western Cape with 3 million.
Meanwhile, the Constitutional Court reserved judgment in May in the IEC's urgent application for leave to appeal an Electoral Court ruling that it provide the addresses of people registered on the voters’ roll.
The IEC had filed an application with the Constitutional Court in April, asking it to set aside an Electoral Court ruling which it said could see millions of people disqualified from voting.
On November 30 last year, the Constitutional Court ruled that the 2013 Tlokwe by-elections were not free and fair.
The court ruled that all new voters who registered had to provide details of their address, or sufficient details, of where they lived, to place them in a voting district.
The by-elections were scheduled to be re-run in February this year. The Electoral Court, however, halted them at the last minute after six independent candidates complained that more than 4 198 addresses were missing from the new voters' roll.
Subsequently several other by-elections around the country were postponed.