IEC ready for registration

2011-02-02 13:30

It’s all systems go for voter registration this weekend, according to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC).

“I call upon all eligible voters who are not yet on the voters’ roll to visit their voting stations and register in anticipation of the forthcoming municipal elections which will be held any time between March 2 and May 30,” said IEC chairperson Brigalia Bam earlier today.

She made a special plea to the country’s youth to flock to voting stations on Saturday and Sunday and put their names on the voters’ roll.

“Voting is not necessarily their priority but the tradition of voting is important,” she said.

A total of 20 867 voting stations countrywide will open from 8am until 5pm at the weekend.

There were 19 726 voting stations in the provincial and national elections in 2009.

South Africa currently has 22 667 881 registered voters.

The IEC aims to register 1.5 million voters on Saturday and Sunday.

The purpose of the registration weekend is:

» For new eligible voters to put their names on the voters’ roll.

» Registered voters to check and verify their information on the voters’ roll.

» Registered voters who have been affected by the establishment of new ward boundaries must go and re-register.

» If you have changed you residential address or moved out of your voting district or station as a registered voter, you must go and re-register.

Unlike the national elections where you can vote anywhere in South Africa, it is a prerequisite in the local polls that you vote where you are registered.

Registered voters who want to confirm their information or details can do so by texting their ID number to 32810.

Alternatively, they can visit and click on the links “Am I registered” and “Where is my voting station”.

On the two days of registration, eligible and registered voters must take their green bar-coded ID or a valid temporary identity certificate to a voting station where they live or are registered.

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