Confirm address during next voter registration weekend

2016-04-07 06:00

VOTERS are urged to confirm their address during the next voter registration weekend on April 9 and 10.

According to the Independent Elec-toral Commission (IEC), about two-thirds of registered voters currently have partial, or no address details on the roll.

The IEC has postponed all by-elections in the country as it battles to provide a voters’ roll that has people’s correct addresses.

It took the decision as it was still not clear whether the absence of voters’ addresses would render the roll, and results of any by-elections, invalid, spokesperson Kate Bapela said.

Among those by-elections affected by the postponement were those scheduled for Wednesday, April 6. The move followed an Electoral Court ruling on Fe-bruary 23 postponing by-elections in Tlokwe that had been scheduled for the following day.

This followed a Constitutional Court ruling last year that by-elections in the embattled municipality were not free and fair, and had to be re-run.

Independent candidates competing in Tlokwe argued that the IEC had not complied with the Constitutional Court ruling.

Also postponed were by-elections scheduled for KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, North West, and the Western Cape.

The IEC approached the Constitutional Court to appeal the Electoral Court’s ruling. Bapela said they would review the postponement of by-elections once the Constitutional Court had provided clarity on the matter.

The IEC’s decision would also be informed by this year’s municipal elections which, in terms of the Constitution, have to be held between May 18 and August 16.

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