IEC in FS ready for elections

2016-03-02 06:00
THE Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) in the Free State held a media briefing in Bloemfontein were it had to announce how ready it was for the next local elections and what preparations had been made for the elections. Here Jabulani Tshabalala, head of the IEC in the Free State, is speaking.       Photo: Mlungisi Louw

THE Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) in the Free State held a media briefing in Bloemfontein were it had to announce how ready it was for the next local elections and what preparations had been made for the elections. Here Jabulani Tshabalala, head of the IEC in the Free State, is speaking. Photo: Mlungisi Louw

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DAVID VAN ROOYEN, minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA), is still to announce the date for the local elections, says the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC).

Jabulani Tshabalala, Free State head of the IEC, told reporters at the President Hotel in Bloemfontein on Tuesday (01/03) the IEC was ready for the 2016 local elections ahead of the first registration week.

According to the IEC, the elections will be held between May and 16 August.

Tshabalala said the IEC was concerned about the small number of young people registered to vote in the coming local elections. Out of 84% of citizens registered on the voters roll, only 24% of that figure is aged between 18 and 29 years old.

The IEC encouraged political parties to mobilise the youth and ensure that they participate in the local elections.

Tshabalala said citizens without conventional addresses would be required to fill in an affirmation statement, which would give a descriptive address of where they resided.

The IEC urged voters to visit one of the 1 533 voting districts across the province to confirm their registration status and check if their current addresses correlated with the information captured by the entity.

Tshabalala said voters affected by the merge between the Naledi Municipality and the Mangaung Metro had been notified of their new registration status by field workers.

The IEC has employed 1 533 registration supervisors, 317 area managers and 117 registration officers to ensure that the process is efficient and transparent.

Tshabalala warned political parties to desist from campaigning on election day and bussing voters to wrong voting districts in the hope of attaining favourable outcomes.

The IEC explained that inmates would not participate in the local elections, despite a possible lawsuit which might be lodged by inmates against the institution.

“Prisons have inmates from various provinces,” Tshabalala said.

An operation centre will be established at the provincial office, which will deal with queries emerging during registration week.

The first registration week will be this coming week and the second registration week has been tabled from 9 to 10 April.

Voters can still visit their local voting districts to register as well.

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